Newly Enacted Hemp Laws in 2024: Key Regulatory Updates Across the US

By Andrea Golan

May 28, 2024

We are five months into the new year, and more than ten states have already enacted laws with varying approaches to regulating products with hemp-derived cannabinoids. Some states are quite restrictive, banning or severely limiting THC content, while others have established a regulatory framework that allows the sale of higher THC hemp products subject to certain requirements. This roundup highlights some of the most impactful state hemp laws enacted in 2024 to date.


Governor Ned Lamont signed a series of bills significantly tightening regulations on hemp products in Connecticut. These new restrictions essentially undo the hemp product laws passed last year. Beginning July 1, 2024, online sales will be prohibited, and only licensed cannabis retailers and ‘package’ (liquor) stores will be permitted to sell THC beverages. After October 1, 2024, all products will be subject to one milligram/serving and five milligram/container limits except for infused beverages, which may contain 3 milligrams of THC per 12-ounce container. Beginning January 1, 2025, all products will be subject to THC limits of .5 milligrams/serving and 5 milligrams/container.


SB-1698, a bill that passed both houses in Florida, has yet to be considered by Governor Ron DeSantis for a veto or a signature. The legislature must formally present the bill to the Governor, who has 15 days to sign or veto it. The bill would limit THC concentration to 5 milligrams per serving and 50 milligrams per container and prohibit delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, HHC, THC-O-acetate, THC-P, and THC-V.


At the start of May, Georgia enacted SB 494, imposing a regulatory framework for the sale of hemp products. The new law closes the so-called THCA loophole by establishing a total THC limit for products. The law expressly allows the sale of "consumable hemp products," which include products intended to be ingested, absorbed, or inhaled by humans or animals. The primary provisions of the new law are effective October 1, 2024. 


HF-2605, signed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on May 17, 2024, places a new milligram limit on hemp products of 4 milligrams/serving and 10 milligrams/container; prohibits the sale of synthetic cannabinoids (to be defined in future rulemaking); prohibits the sale of flower intended for inhalation; and imposes civil and criminal penalties for failure to register. The new law is effective July 1, 2024.


Kentucky solidified its regulatory framework by distinguishing between adult-use and non-adult-use products. “Adult-use” includes any cannabinoid with “intoxicating properties,” which expressly includes Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, Delta-9 THCA, HHC, and several other cannabinoids. Products that fall above 2.5 milligrams are adult-use products available to adults 21+ and subject to other restrictions.


The Oregon omnibus cannabis/hemp bill, HB 4121, signed into law on March 20, 2024, establishes the authority for the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) to set standards for approving products containing artificially derived cannabinoids (e.g., CBN). It also establishes a hemp product registration process, including online sales, which will go into effect on January 1, 2026. Minimum labeling requirements are also included in the legislation.

South Dakota

Legislation signed by Governor Kristi Noem in March and effective July 1, 2024, will prohibit the practice of converting cannabinoids like CBD into Delta-8, Delta-10 THC, or any other THC isomer, analog, or derivative. The new law specifically bans THC-0, THC-0-acetate, HHC, and THCP and is effective on July 1, 2024.


SB-2427, enacted earlier this month, allows beer permit holders to sell hemp products compliant with state law.


In a progressive move, Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox signed into law HB 52. The bill expressly allows for interstate transport of work-in-progress hemp material that spikes above 0.3% if certain conditions are met and adds a new requirement for tinctures, so-called “oil-based suspension” products. These provisions of the bill became effective on March 12, 2024, upon the Governor’s signature.

West Virginia

Senate Bill 679, enacted in April 2024, will allow administrative sanctions against licensees and require that the Commissioner of Agriculture approve labeling.


SF0032, effective July 1, 2024, prohibits adding a synthetic substance to hemp or hemp products. "Synthetic substance" means any synthetic THC, synthetic cannabinoid, or other drug or psychoactive substance.

States to Watch in 2024

California, Illinois, and Louisiana all have pending bills that would be among the most restrictive in the country. Ohio is considering a proposed regulatory framework that would impose a THC limit of 2.5 milligrams per serving and 50 milligrams per container.

Stay Informed on Evolving Hemp Laws with Vicente LLP

The hemp industry is evolving rapidly, and keeping up with the latest regulations can be challenging. Our knowledgeable hemp team at Vicente LLP is closely monitoring developments in hemp laws across the United States. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of the hemp market. If you have any questions about the laws mentioned in this blog post or the hemp industry in general, don't hesitate to contact our hemp team today!

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