MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are debating a bill that opponents say could hurt the state’s growing cannabis industry.
The bill would make most Delta-8 THC products illegal in Tennessee.
Delta-8, is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. The product is sold legally in Tennessee- in gummies, sprays and oils and some people claim it helps with health issues like stress and anxiety.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban most Delta-8 products by redefining marijuana, which remains illegal in Tennessee, to include hemp products that have THC concentrations of more than 0.3%.
State Representative William Lamberth, a Republican from Portland is the bill’s sponsor. Lamberth says Delta-8 has gone unregulated, is highly addictive and potentially dangerous. The bill passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week and is set to go to the full House Criminal Justice Committee.
The Senate version also advanced, passing the Senate Judiciary Committee.