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HAWAII STATE LAWS REGARDING DELTA 8 THC AND CBD

Over two-thirds of states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, while about a third have legalized recreational use. Unfortunately, marijuana remains illegal in Hawaii for recreational use.  It is legal for medical use with prescription.

Legalization of medical marijuana began in 2000, when Hawaiian governor Ben Cayetano signed Act 228. This act allowed medical marijuana card holders to legally grow their own cannabis plants, or appoint a caretaker to do so. Hawaii was the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana through legislation rather than a state ballot. This act, however, did not create a market or allow for dispensaries.

By July 2015, Act 241 was passed, stating that the state’s Department of Health would create a dispensary program by 2016. To allow legal purchasing of cannabis, Senate Bill 321 was passed in 2016, allowing eight dispensaries across the islands. In August 2017, the first legal sale was made in a dispensary in Maui.

Hemp cannabis was legalized at the federal level with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, allowing for the cultivation, production, distribution, transportation, sale, and possession of hemp and hemp products containing 0.3% or less THC.

What does this mean for residents of Hawaii, and how does Hawaii treat compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol?

What is the Legal Status of CBD in Hawaii?

You might think the answer to this question is pretty straightforward since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp cannabis in the U.S., including all 50 states. But in the State of Hawaii, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion surrounding CBD products.

Technically speaking, at the time CBD products are illegal in the Hawaii.  However, the state has done nothing to pursue companies selling CBD products, let alone consumers buying it.

From what it looks like, the State of Hawaii is more concerned with education of cannabis related products, and doesn’t seem to be concerned with hemp derived CBD products, as long as they fall under the same guidelines set fort by the federal Hemp Farm Bill.

What About CBG?

When CBG is derived from hemp cannabis, it is considered legal in all 50 states. Just as with CBD above, it isn’t really clear on the legality of CBG, but at this time it does look to be technically “illegal”.  However, the State of Hawaii seems to be turning a “blind eye” to it, such as long as the CBG products are derived from hemp, and Delta 9 THC is kept below 0.3%.

Is Delta 8 THC Legal in Hawaii?

Yes, Delta 8 THC is legal in Hawaii.

It was in the passing of bill HB2689, that the agricultural definition of hemp was designated as all Cannabis Sativa material containing less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by weight.

In it states the following:

“Marijuana” does not include [the]:

(1) The mature stalks of the plant[,] (genus) Cannabis, fiber produced from the stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant [which] that is incapable of germination[.];

(2) Hemp that is in the possession, custody, or control of a person or entity that holds a license issued by the Hawaii department of agriculture permitting that person or entity to produce hemp;

(3) Hemp that is in the possession, custody, or control of a person or entity that is authorized under state law to process hemp; or

(4) A product containing or derived from hemp, including any product containing one or more hemp-derived cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, that:

(A) Does not include any living hemp plants, viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials; and

(B) Has a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis, as measured post-decarboxylation or by other similarly reliable methods.”

SECTION 15. Section 329-14, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (g) to read as follows:

“(g) Any of the following cannabinoids, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, unless specifically excepted, whenever the existence of these salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

(1) Tetrahydrocannabinols; meaning tetrahydrocannabinols naturally contained in a plant of the genus Cannabis (cannabis plant), as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the plant, or in the resinous extractives of Cannabis, sp. or synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity to those substances contained in the plant, such as the following: Delta 1 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers; Delta 6 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers; and Delta 3,4 cis or trans-tetrahydrocannabinol, and its optical isomers (since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, compounds of these structures, regardless of numerical designation of atomic positions, are covered); provided that tetrahydrocannabinols under this subsection shall exclude tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp

Additionally, it reads:

A product containing or derived from hemp, including any product containing one or more hemp-derived cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, that:

(A) Does not include any living hemp plants, viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials; and

(B) Has a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis, as measured post-decarboxylation or by other similarly reliable methods.”

According to the law, Delta 8 THC that is derived from hemp is legal, as long as the person isn’t possessing floral/leaf products. So for now stay clear of any Delta-8 Flower, however, all other Delta-8 THC products should be legal in Hawaii.

Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the chemical compounds naturally occurring in the plant, which amounts to roughly 400 substances. Cannabis consists of terpenes, flavonoids, and over 100 cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system, including Delta 9 THC, the cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive effects.

Hemp cannabis, which is legal federally, features 0.3% or less THC, so it should be legal in every state. However, in the State of Hawaii it seems to be a bit more confusing.  That being said, due to all of the above stated, Full Spectrum CBD oil, and Broad Spectrum CBD oil, are still permitted in Hawaii.

Where to Buy Delta 8 THC in Hawaii, or Online?

Most smart people, like you, know shopping online is typically the fastest and most cost effective way get almost any product; including delta 8 THC products. Have the ability to buy directly from the brand, read reviews, take a look at third-party certificates of analysis (COA) tests, and compare products easily from the comfort of your home.

However, there are some companies producing delta 8 THC through potentially unsafe methods or that are selling products with higher delta-9 content that is legally allowed. For example, some are using heavy metal reagents or doing a poor job at removing the (illegal) delta 9 THC content or harsh chemicals and acids from the final product.

To reduce your odds of coming into this type of problem, it is recommended to always buy from brands that display their third-party COA’s – and this is the greatest benefits of buying online.

Additional Benefits of Ordering D8 THC online:

  • Get better online pricing and seasonal discounts
  • Easily read real customer product reviews & see third-party COA’s
  • Convenience of ordering from the comfort of your home
  • Typically a better product selection with online shops
  • Products left on store shelves can expire if they there isn’t a lot of store traffic

What is the Difference Between Delta-8 THC and Marijuana?

Some of the biggest confusion over cannabis products comes from Delta 8 THC and Marijuana (Delta 9 THC) Gummies. While they’re more similar than different, there are important distinctions you should consider before buying.

Both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC occur naturally within cannabis plants. Both create psychotropic effects in users called a “high.” And both are chemically very similar. In chemical terms, Delta 8 is an isomer of Delta 9, meaning it possesses the same elements but a different chemical structure.

That difference is important. The change in chemical structure causes the molecules to interact slightly differently in the body. Where Delta 9 slots perfectly into receptors in the endocannabinoid system, Delta 8 doesn’t fit as easily.

The chemical difference means that Delta 8 produces a less potent high. Delta 9 THC creates an intense and heady experience. It can make users feel euphoric, get the giggles, feel hungry, and become tired. Delta 8 creates effects that similar, but less potent.

The high Delta 8 produces is gentler and more clear-headed. It’s also less likely to lead to feelings of paranoia.

 

Is a Medical Card Needed in Hawaii to Order Delta 8 THC Products?

As Delta 8 products are not regulated there are no medicinal Delta 8 THC products to purchase.  Therefore, even with a Medical Card for Delta 9 THC, it’s not necessary to show or have a card to purchase D8 products. It was derived from legal hemp — with less than 0.3% of THC — it falls under the same laws as CBD.

You can buy it without a medical license in all delta 8 THC legal states, including Hawaii.