Summary: Montana is set to crack down on synthetic marijuana and intoxicating hemp products due to health risks they pose to children. The Cannabis Control Division of the Montana Department of Revenue will focus on eliminating these products by 2025. The substances were linked to a series of youth hospitalizations following the first year of marijuana legalization in Montana.
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Montana to Tighten Regulations on Synthetic Marijuana and Hemp Products
Montana is preparing to take stringent measures against synthetic marijuana and intoxicating hemp products that have found their way into the market through regulatory gaps, despite the potential health risks they pose to children. The Cannabis Control Division, which is the marijuana regulatory branch of the Montana Department of Revenue, announced on Tuesday that eliminating synthetic products will be the agency’s primary focus until the 2025 Legislature.
The businesses that will be inspected are primarily glass shops, gas stations, and vape shops. Kristan Barbour, the division administrator, stated that the aim is to ensure that these businesses are aware that any synthetic cannabinoid or intoxicating hemp product is no longer permitted.
The substances were identified by the agency in January as the probable cause of a series of hospitalizations among young people. These incidents were reported by local health officials following the first year of marijuana legalization in Montana.
House Bill 948, introduced by Republican Rep. Steve Galloway of Great Falls, established a statewide ban on the production and sale of synthetic marijuana and intoxicating hemp products. Previously, these substances were not under the jurisdiction of the Cannabis Control Division or state and federal agriculture departments that regulate hemp. This meant that anyone could sell the products, and they could be purchased by individuals of any age.[Source: Cannabis Business Executive]
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