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June 5, 2024

June 2024 Hemp Compliance Updates: State-by-State Breakdown from Cannabis Lawyer Morgan Davis

Hey, I’m Morgan Davis, a business attorney based in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializing in cannabis and wellness. Today, let’s dive into some of the latest regulatory updates crucial for navigating the complex landscape of the cannabis and hemp industry.


Connecticut has introduced stricter regulations, particularly targeting infused beverages:

  • New Limits: Previously, products were limited to 1 milligram per serving and 5 milligrams per container. Now, a single infused beverage can contain up to 2.5 milligrams of total THC, must be a minimum of 12 fluid ounces, and can only be sold on premises at designated retailers.


Louisiana is proposing legislation (SB 237) that excludes all THC from consumable hemp products:

  • Legislative Change: This bill aims to allow hemp products but strictly prohibits any THC content. It’s a surprising move from a state known for its festivities, potentially leaving room for other cannabinoids while excluding THC.


Oklahoma has adopted a total Delta-9 THC standard for all hemp products:

  • New Standard: HB 3011 mandates a total THC calculation, combining Delta-9 THC and THCA converted to THC at a factor of 0.877. This standard aims to regulate potency more comprehensively across various hemp products.

New Jersey

New Jersey is considering legislation that would severely limit hemp products:

  • Proposed Limits: Similar to other states, New Jersey is looking to cap THC at 0.5 milligrams per serving and 2.5 milligrams per container. It also introduces a total THC standard and defines strict criteria for synthetics in hemp products.


Kentucky has updated its regulatory framework to include stricter guidelines for retailers and wholesalers:

  • Enhanced Regulations: Building on existing standards, Kentucky now requires clearer manufacturing and testing protocols. These updates aim to maintain product safety and quality while potentially increasing production costs.


Navigating these regulatory changes is crucial for anyone in the hemp industry looking to expand their market reach across states. If you have specific questions or need a comprehensive review tailored to your product line, feel free to reach out. We offer monthly updates and consultations to help streamline your compliance efforts and maximize your business opportunities in this evolving market.

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