Ohio Considers Systemizing Legal Delta-8 THC

The state's MMCP is looking to change the definition of THC to include delta-8 and other related isomers.

January 18, 2022

Delta-8 remains to be a popular conversation amongst those in the cannabis and hemp industries in 2022.

States are continuing to take different approaches to regulating delta-8–with some already implementing bans and others filing legislation to regulate and tax its sales

And Ohio has joined in on the recent delta-8 action, as the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) recently filed proposed rule updates with the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

One of the proposed rule changes includes updating the definition of THC and the definition of THC content to include delta-8 and other related isomers specifically.

The proposed definition of THC in the document is as follows:

"Tetrahydrocannabinol" or "THC" means all naturally or artificially derived tetrahydrocannabinols, or any structural, optical, or geometric isomers, or analogs of tetrahydrocannabinols. This includes, but is not limited to, Delta-1 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-6 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta 3,4 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-10 tetrahydrocannabinol; and any other cannabinoid that the Department determines to have an intoxicating or psychoactive effect.

According to the MMCP website, the Ohio Department of Commerce and MMCP will conduct a public hearing regarding rule amendments today, Jan. 18, at 1:00 p.m.