Connecticut hemp industry challenged with new “high-THC” restrictions
Connecticut’s CBD shops and hemp farmers are facing stringent new state laws impacting the sale of products containing hemp-derived THC. The law, which goes into effect on October 1st, imposes stricter THC restrictions than federal law. Moving forward, products like edibles and topicals are allowed no more than 1 milligram of THC per serving. According to reporting from CT Insider, the state Department of Consumer Protection has warned businesses of legal action for unauthorized sales of synthetic cannabinoids and high-THC hemp products.
However, industry representatives argue that the law is excessive and impacts non-intoxicating products, risking the closure of legitimate businesses and affecting product availability. The law also places significant compliance challenges on national brands and local farmers, with only one licensed company available to provide testing in the state, naturally leading the hemp industry to fear operational bottlenecks. This comes after previous actions by Attorney General William Tong, who has expressed concern over unregulated products containing THC conducted enforcement at several CBD shops allegedly selling these products.