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Congress might have inadvertently legalized a form of cannabis under Trump – Cannabis Business Executive

Although marijuana remains strictly prohibited under federal law, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Congress quietly changed the law in 2018 to legalize cannabis cigarettes and vaping products containing similar intoxicants but made in from hemp.

The 2018 Farm Bill, signed by President Donald Trump, included provisions removing most legal restrictions on hemp, a cannabis plant with many uses in industrial products, food, personal care and medicine. The law clarified that it did not allow products containing more than a minimum amount of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Although marijuana has been legalized for personal use by adults in California and several other states, and for medical use in many states, it has been prohibited by federal law since 1937.

On Thursday, however, a conservative panel at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the 2018 law repealed bans on hemp products containing a different cannabinoid, Delta-8 THC.

The court said Delta-8 THC has “psychoactive and intoxicating effects” like those of marijuana, but is not a marijuana product, has not been explicitly prohibited by anti-marijuana laws, and other drugs, and became legal when Congress authorized the cultivation and marketing of hemp. , an action spearheaded by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. [Read more at San Francisco Chronicle]

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