Many people are asking whether Delta-8 is legal in Tennessee. And why not? With the Delta-8’s ability to deliver a smooth and stable high without the side effects of weed, it is one of the most compelling cannabinoid products on the market. Ever.
So, what’s the deal with Delta-8 in Tennessee? Is it legal there? The short answer: YES.
The longer answer: It’s an evolving situation. You see, while Delta-8 is legal in Tennessee, marijuana is not (although as of 2020 possession of less than 0.5 ounces of marijuana is not prosecutable). Tennessee law mirrors the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the growth, cultivation and creation of products from hemp as long as they contained less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This bill also exempted hemp from controlled substance prohibitions. Naturally-occurring Delta-8 is extracted exclusively from hemp, and is then concentrated or synthesized into a variety of products. These products include Delta-8 tinctures, Delta-8 cart, Delta-8 gummies, Delta-8 pens and many more!
Delta-8’s chemical composition is its secret sauce to staying federally legal – it is less potent than the Delta-9 found in run-of-the-mill marijuana (50% less potent in fact), and many scientists are evaluating whether that should cause it to be classified as more benign than Delta-9. Interestingly in many states where marijuana is legal Delta-8 is limited or banned. This ban exists for a variety of explanations, but for the most part reasons resolve to states still trying to decipher how to tax Delta-8 products or interest in further scientific exploration and research into its effects. States where Delta-8 is highly restricted or banned include Iowa, Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Vermont, Washington, Michigan, South Carolina North Dakota, Connecticut, Utah, Colorado, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho, Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and Montana.