Texas is one of the last holdouts to decriminalize cannabis or implement a true medical program. Despite this, the citizens of the Lone Star State have been taking matters into their own hands.
This has allowed there to be a thriving hemp industry. An industry where alternative cannabinoids such as Delta-8 THC have flourished.
Keep reading to find out more about Texas’s exploding hemp market. We’ll cover the response from lawmakers, and exciting events such as the upcoming Texas Cannabis Cup!
Delta-8-THC & the Rise of Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids
Currently, Delta-8-THC has sparked national debate regarding its legality. This is because it exhibits similar psychotropic effects to Delta-9-THC. However, it is permitted under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Fortunately, this legal loophole has allowed consumers in non-legal states to have access to cannabis products.
Delta 8 THC has been especially important in Texas because their medical program only allows for CBD oil.
Unsurprisingly, Texas’ Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has taken aim at Delta 8 THC products. It declared the cannabinoid a Schedule I controlled substance. However, DSHS failed to alert any CBD stores or manufacturers of this change.
This has been leading to mass confusion among those in the industry.
Nevertheless, this issue will be resolved soon. A judge ruled in favor of a temporary block on the Delta 8 ban. We therefore should see the final verdict in a court hearing this month.
Regardless of the outcome, Texas hemp producers will continue to find legal loopholes.
Texas Cannabis Cup (The Fair Market - Austin, TX - April 16)
One exciting upcoming event is the Texas Cannabis Cup being held in Austin. It is an event that’s a great opportunity for those working in the cannabis industry.
This event will be filled with people who really love the cannabis plant. They will come together and learn more about cannabis culture in the Lone Star State.
Additionally, cannabis companies and enthusiasts can submit their flower into 6 different competitions:
- The Best Cannabis in Texas (judged on: taste, smell, look, and effect)
- The Best Delta 8 Flower in Texas (judged on: taste, smell, look, and effect)
- The Judges Favorite Choice (judged on: taste, smell, look, and effect)
- The Best in Terpenes (judged on: taste, smell)
- Most Potent in all Cannabinoids (determined by COA)
- Most Potent in Terpenes (determined by COA)
Best of all, this event will be highlighted by live speakers, live music, and food trucks. There will also be local cannabis vendors, as well as an art gallery showcasing local talent.
With 20,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor space, there will be no shortage of fun to be had!
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