High-THC hemp products face new state regulations

They include drinks, gummies, snack items and concentrates.
Dried hemp plants are sorted and trimmed at Hepworth Farms in Milton, N.Y., April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A growing number of state legislatures this year enacted new restrictions on intoxicating hemp-based products that blasted onto store shelves and online marketplaces after Congress legalized hemp production in 2018.

The products — including drinks, gummies, snack items and concentrates — have skirted state-regulated cannabis markets, drawing the ire of the marijuana industry and the alarm of public health advocates.

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