In a recent turn of events, Maryland’s hemp industry is facing significant challenges due to new regulations that have come into effect. Hemp producers and stakeholders in the state have taken legal action against the state’s officials, challenging the restrictions placed on the sale and distribution of CBD products.
The New Law’s Implications
Starting this month, CBD products, including popular items like extracts, gummies, and topicals, are deemed illegal in Maryland if they contain more than 2.5 milligrams of THC per package. This threshold, according to many CBD operators, effectively removes a majority of products from the market. Additionally, the law explicitly bans delta-8 THC, a sought-after synthetic THC variant derived from hemp-based CBD.