22 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. L. 428
Whether medical or recreational, legalized marijuana has spread
from state to state faster than if it was left to its own devices as an
invasive plant species. Recreational marijuana is legal across the
Pacific coastline, in the Rocky Mountains, in the Midwest, and from
Virginia up through most of the I-95 corridor. Although Kentucky and
North Carolina have not legalized it in any form, both states are leading
producers of hemp, and even the Gulf Coast states produce medicinal
marijuana. Over the past two years, the cannabis product Delta-8
Tetrahydrocannabinol (“Delta-8 THC”) has rapidly spread throughout
all of these states—even those opposed to recreational legalization.
Delta-8 THC is a synthetic version of Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol
(“Delta-9 THC”), which is the most well-known cannabis product that
many states have been legalizing medically or recreationally.