As of September 22, 2021, Delta 8 is legal for purchase in the state of Arkansas. Delta 8 is a cannabinoid found organically in the hemp plant that has seen rapid expansion in popularity nationwide with its desirable effects.
Arkansas is just one of the many states where Delta 8 is legal. Arkansas's Delta-8 policy is similar to that of Delta 8 THC in Indiana, Delta 8 THC in Tennessee, or Delta 8 THC in Virginia. Previously, Delta-8 was illegal in The Natural State, but now the state's law reflects the federal government's stances on hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids.
What Does the Law State?
The following section of a bill highlights why Delta 8 THC is now legal in Arkansas:
HOUSE BILL 1640
AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW REGARDING INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION; TO REPEAL THE ARKANSAS INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACT; TO ESTABLISH THE ARKANSAS INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION ACT; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 2, Chapter 15, Subchapter 4, is 24 repealed.
2-15-506. Federal laws regarding industrial hemp.
If any part of this subchapter conflicts with a provision of federal law relating to industrial hemp, the federal provision shall control to the extent of the conflict.
The Future of Hemp-derived Delta 8
If you are shocked to learn Delta 8 is widely available in Arkansas convenience stores, tobacco and vape shops and elsewhere, it’s important to understand the benefits Delta 8 has on consumes and why it is produced and sold entirely free of regulation.
“We want our cousins in the cannabis industry, the hemp folks, to do fine, but we need some standards to ensure safety and policy that’s clear,” stated Bill Paschall, spokesman for the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association. “There’s no clarity of policy at the state level or the federal level. A lot of folks out there are wandering around the woods in a state of confusion.”