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New legislation regulates delta-8 THC and other marijuana byproducts

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Cannabis officials are applauding Governor Gretchen Whitmer after the signing of new bills.

With the signing of what officials are calling “landmark bipartisan legislation,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new bill Tuesday that regulates the delta-8 and other THC derivatives.

The marijuana byproduct, according to the Michigan Poison Center, could have potentially serious health risks to consumers including hospitalization and death; however, some say the products are safer than traditional cannabis.

Delta-8 is currently being sold (untested and unregulated) in convenience stores, gas stations, and smoke shops throughout the state—but starting October 11th of this year, that will now be covered by state law and controlled by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Stephen Linder, the Executive Director of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association, claims that these bills are “a victory for the industry.”

Additionally, the new laws will update cannabis-related definitions so that all intoxicating substances will be safely tested and tracked from seed-to-sale.