Arkansas Lawmakers Propose Adding Synthetic THC Products to Controlled Substances List

Arkansas lawmakers introduced a proposal to ban products containing delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10 THC which are not directly regulated by the state.

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A bill proposed in Arkansas seeks to ban synthetic THC products and add them to the state’s controlled substances list, KATV reports. The measure would specifically outlaw delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10 products that are unregulated in the state. 

State Sen. Justin Boyd (R), one of the bill’s sponsors, told KATC that “a ban is the best way” to keep the products out of the hands of children.  

“I understand the department of health is writing a clarification, not necessarily a new rule altogether, but just to clarify what is already on the schedule six list is the THC products, includes what we’re referring to as Delta-8 and Delta-9.” — Boyd to KATV 

During a January meeting, the Arkansas Board of Health approved proposed amendments to the state’s list of controlled substances including delta-6a, delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10a THC products. 

The legislation comes after a KATV investigative report found the delta-8 products sold throughout the state featured colorful packaging, sugar-coating, and mimicked non-cannabis products that could appeal to children. The news organization sent pictures of the products to Attorney General Tim Griffin who told KATV that it was “the first time” he’s “seen the packaging.”   

“And that’s one of the reasons I thought it would be good to have some lawmakers here to see this,” he said.  

The bill is set to be heard next by the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

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