The Ohio regulatory body that oversees the state’s medical marijuana program has established new rules for Delta-8 THC. This popular compound has been controversially known to have similar effects to regular marijuana.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has issued the rules. They are meant to give guidance for licensees regarding production, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis products containing Delta-8 THC.

These new rules take effect immediately and require licensees to notify the state of the use of Delta-8 THC.

Delta-8 THC Dosage Defined

These rules also cover THC dosage. They state that the total THC content (combination Delta-9 THC with any other THC Isomer or Analog–of the manufactured product must not exceed 70%.

The agency stated that Delta-8 THC must be included on the package and label to ensure patient awareness. Abbreviations such as “Delta-8” or “D8” are also not allowed.

According to the agency, licensees must keep all records in their supply chain that relate to ingredients used for medical marijuana production. This includes records of any purchases or production of Delta-8 CBD, THC, or any other ingredient used to produce medical marijuana. Cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories are required by Ohio law to test for Delta-8 and any other Department-directed THC isomers and analogues and report the results back to the Department’s inventory tracking software.

Delta-8 Safety

The MMCP’s main priority is product safety. It continues to monitor Delta-8 THC, other THC isomer developments, and reserves the rights to ban product ingredients. In its notice, the agency stated that the MMCP would continue to provide guidance as needed.

Local television station News 5 Cleveland stated in a broadcast that the rules changes don’t have any direct effect on Delta-8 THC Sales outside of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

The new rules had received early criticism because they didn’t address products already sent to dispensaries, and that some changes would require a longer rule-changing procedure. Medical Marijuana Control Program stated that additional guidance will be provided in the future.

Due to its similarities to marijuana, and, most importantly, because it can be legally purchased, this compound has enjoyed a lot of popularity over the past year.

This has led several states to issue rules and regulations regarding the compound or even ban it altogether.