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Let’s Talk Delta-8 State Legality: Iowa

The Midwest is something else. I just returned from Iowa. I was stuck in a gaze at the beautiful farmlands, the massive hawks, SNOW, and the husking of corn. Every time I visit my wife’s family in Iowa—I am reminded of how much I love their accents and how little I know about crafting, building, tending, and growing any sort of crop. It’s the heart of America’s farmland, right by Wisconsin and Minnesota. There hasn’t been a doubt in my mind that this is not a place that would be okay with selling delta-8 THC. And yes, I was correct. Delta-8 THC is illegal in the state of Iowa.

CHAPTER 96 – HEMP 21—96.1(204) Definitions“Hemp” means:

  1. The plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof, and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis when tested using postdecarboxylation or other similarly reliable methods.
  2. A plant of the genus Cannabis other than Cannabis sativa L., with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis when tested using postdecarboxylation or other similarly reliable methods, but only to the extent allowed by the department in accordance with applicable federal law, including the federal hemp law.

“THC” means total tetrahydrocannabinol as determined by an official laboratory test postdecarboxylation. Other states have taken the time to revise their hemp laws in the Controlled Substances Act, but Iowa didn’t feel the same way. There are no exceptions for hemp-derived THC, or traditional THC. This farm state is conservative, but there are several levels conservative. A large amount of the state’s population hasn’t had access to any form of THC, so it’s a mystery. Mysteries aren’t cool to those who like to be in the know. For states like this, it’s less about what they know and more about what they don’t. These states take time for progress, similar to Georgia. The farm life hasn’t changed much. I know this because I was lucky enough to marry into one. Certain things are supposed to remain in the dark, buried beneath the labor. THC is equivalent to opiates in some peoples mind. Iowa Code 124 for Controlled Substances lays down everything you need to know.


124.101 Definitions

  1. “Marijuana” means all parts of the plants of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin, including tetrahydrocannabinols. It does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.
  2. Hallucinogenic substances. Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation, which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances, or which contains any of its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation (for purposes of this paragraph only, the term “isomer” includes the optical, position and geometric isomers):
  3. Tetrahydrocannabinols, except as otherwise provided by rules of the board for medicinal purposes, meaning tetrahydrocannabinols naturally contained in a plant of the genus Cannabis (Cannabis plant) as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the Cannabis plant, or in the resinous extractives of such plant, and synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity to those substances contained in the plant, such as the following:

(1) 1 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers.(2) 6 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers.(3) 3,4 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers. (Since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, compounds of these structures, regardless of numerical designation of atomic positions covered.)