Earlier this year, New York became the newest state to make marijuana products legal for recreational use for all adults 21 years of age and older. This puts cannabis in the same basic category as alcohol.
Now, however, the state has clamped down on another cannabis product: Delta 8 THC.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is a hemp-cannabis derivative that has become increasingly popular throughout the country. Users say that it helps with pain relief, relaxation, anxiety and sleep issues and produces a euphoria that is milder than regular THC products.
It’s also commonly sold in shops that specialize in CBD products because, in most areas, Delta 8 falls into a murky gray area of the law where it isn’t expressly illegal or something that has to be sold through a licensed dispensary.
Why can’t you buy or sell it in New York?
Up until very recently, Delta 8 was a hot product in New York. Now, New York has banned all cannabinoid and cannabinol products made via isomerization, and specifically bans Delta 8 and Delta 10. All have been declared synthetic marijuana and illegal to buy or sell within the state by anyone.
A dozen other states have also banned Delta 8 TCH, which is upsetting the CBD industry and creating a great deal of confusion among distributors, retailers and consumers.
What do you do if you’re in trouble for drugs in New York?
It’s unfortunate that the shifting attitudes toward marijuana and other drugs has created a patchwork of uneven laws around the nation. It can be very difficult to stay abreast of sudden changes in the law. If you end up charged with a drug crime over Delta 8 or another compound, make sure that you have an experienced defense attorney on your side.