Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation May 31 to regulate intoxicating hemp products, such as those that contain delta-8 THC and delta-10 THC.
Under Senate Bill 22-205, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is permitted to “prohibit the chemical modification, conversion or synthetic derivation of intoxicating THC isomers that originate from industrial hemp or may be synthetically derived,” the measure states.
The legislation also requires the Colorado Department of Revenue’s state licensing authority, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and CDPHE to work together to create a 20-member task force by Sept. 1, 2022, to study intoxicating hemp products and make rule recommendations, the measure states.
The 20-member task force, which would be made up of several officials and stakeholders from the hemp and cannabis industries, would be required to submit a report to the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2023, that includes rule recommendations for intoxicating hemp products and analysis on the effectiveness of each recommendation. Furthermore, nearly $600,000 will be used to focus on consumer protection.
However, the measure