Delta-8 in Michigan is getting a legal makeover.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed legislation on Tuesday that regulates Delta-8 THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid derived from hemp. Under the package of bills passed by lawmakers and approved by Whitmer, Delta-8 THC products will only be legally available from cannabis retailers licensed by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) beginning on October 11, 2021.
“This package of bills continues to show Michigan is the model for the nation in regard to protecting its residents and making sure that those who consume marijuana products do so in a safe manner,” Whitmer said in a written statement. “I am glad to see Michigan continuing to lead on the implementation and regulation of a safe, secure marijuana industry, which has already brought tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the state, as well as thousands of well-paying jobs.”
More than a dozen states across the country including New York have passed laws to ban Delta-8 THC products, which have skyrocketed in popularity since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Currently in Michigan, unregulated, Delta-8 THC goods can be found at gas stations, convenience stores and other retail outlets. Because the products are