A recent Dallas News media report highlights the current state of new Delta 8 THC products. Delta 8 is a less potent and still legal cannabis product that can produce some of the effects of illegal Delta-9 marijuana products. Delta 8 has so far largely managed to skirt drug laws, thereby flooding the legal THC gummies, oil, and vaping markets. That's one point of the Dallas News story: Delta 8 sales are so hot that new Delta 8 stores and products are swamping Texas. The recent 2018 Farm Bill legalized the new Delta 8 THC at the federal level as a hemp product, meaning not much time has passed since Delta 8 started flooding the market. Regulation of Delta 8 at the state level may yet occur. This story is not over.
Delta 8 Regulation
Indeed, the media report suggests that Delta 8 regulation in Texas may soon be coming. State lawmakers introduced a bill to ban Delta-8 products across Texas. The FDA has not approved Delta 8 as safe. The cannabis-advocate organization NORML maintains that unregulated Delta 8 products may contain such dangerous synthetic substances and byproducts that the government should ban the products. But reports indicate that Texas lawmakers struck the Delta-8 ban from the bill. Delta 8 is still legal in Texas and at the federal level, even though fifteen other states have restricted Delta-8 sales or use. The more cannabis-friendly states like Colorado, New York, and Washington are among the ones restricting Delta 8, which says something about the competitive nature of the cannabis-product markets and the political influence of cannabis producers. Regulation isn't solely about safety. It's also sometimes about profit.
Drugged Driving DWIs
Don't think, though, that you can consume Delta 8 or other legal THC products and drive without any risk of a DWI arrest. Drug-impaired driving remains a crime in Texas based on marijuana use, prescription drug use, or other drug use. Penal Code §49.01's definition of intoxication simply requires the drug level to impair the DWI defendant to the point of “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties.” Texas drivers can and do face DWI charges based on THC in gummies, oil, or vaping. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around twelve million U.S. drivers admit driving under the influence of marijuana within the past year. Another recent mental-health report cites studies showing that marijuana use among drivers is now so prevalent that one out of every eight weekend, nighttime drivers have marijuana in their system.
Expert Texas DWI Defense for Drugged Driving
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