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Hemp growers sue Alaska Government over new regulations

15 November 2023 / Category: Blog

Alaska hemp growers sued the state because they believe that the new regulations on hemp products are unconstitutional and contrary to federal law. The new regulations, which took effect on November 5, 2023, prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from approving any hemp product that contains delta-9-THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The hemp growers argue that this ban will make most of their products illegal, even though they comply with the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp nationwide with a THC limit of 0.3% by weight. They also claim that the state is interfering with interstate commerce and favoring the marijuana industry over the hemp industry1.

The lawsuit has been assigned to Judge Sharon Gleason, who has not yet established a schedule for written arguments on the requested restraining order.

How does Alaska regulate cannabis products?