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Alaska has approved new regulations that will regulate the sale of intoxicating hemp products.
The regulations, signed into law by Governor Nancy Dahlstrom, will close a legal safety loophole that had previously enabled tax evasion and the sale of the products to underage citizens.
The fresh guidelines will govern all cannabis products derived from hemp, which will now fall under the jurisdiction of Alaska’s cannabis control board.
Full-spectrum hemp products will also be impacted by the regulation with manufacturers now required to get approval for the products, as well as requiring them to isolate or blend the products.
A letter from the Governor’s Advisory Task Force on Recreational Marijuana written in June, Co-Chair, Brandon Emmett, stated: “The State of Alaska is not alone in addressing the issues related to hemp derived intoxicating cannabinoids.
“Earlier this year, the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) sent a white paper urging the United States Congress to take action on hemp derived cannabinoids.
“Additionally, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH), has also recently released a policy paper providing regulatory solutions for addressing hemp synthesized intoxicants.”
He went on to write: “Regulations are rarely perfect. There may be sections of this regulation that need to be changed in the future. The Task Force does not see any specific problems with these proposed regulations at this time and gives deference to the professionals entrusted with crafting these important changes.”
The regulations will come into effect on 3 November, 2023.