Griffin: ‘Delta-8 and related products are harmful, unregulated, and parents should be vigilant to ensure they aren’t accessible to children‘
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin today issued a Consumer Alert informing Arkansans of the dangers of unregulated Delta-8 and other recreational THC products to children:
“Recreational Delta-8 and related products are harmful, unregulated, and parents should be vigilant to ensure they aren’t accessible to children. These products are widely available, sold online and in convenience stores and gas stations, with no age requirement to purchase.
“Unlike medical marijuana packaging, which cannot target children, Delta-8 packaging intentionally targets them. I have personally seen recreational Delta-8 products that mimic well-known candy packaging kids routinely consume.
“Also, unlike medical marijuana, Delta-8 products do not meet the childproofing requirements under state law. Ingestion of Delta-8 products by children can be harmful and can require emergency medical care.”
Griffin warns Arkansans:
- Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to the “high” people may experience from using cannabis.
- Adverse reactions to Delta-8 THC may include: hallucinations, vomiting, tremor, anxiety, dizziness, confusion and loss of consciousness.
- Some products are packaged and labeled in a way that mimics national brands (i.e. “Doweedos” products packaged similarly to “Doritos” chips).
- Some products are made in ways appealing to children (i.e. gummies, chocolates, cookies and candies).
- Not only are Delta-8 THC products dangerous for children, but pets are at risk from accidental ingestion.
Legislation was just introduced in the Arkansas General Assembly to address this issue. Senate Bill 358 would statutorily add Delta-8 THC as well as the Delta-9 and Delta-10 variants to the state’s controlled substances list.
“Delta-8 should be banned in Arkansas. I strongly support SB358 to protect Arkansas’s children,” Griffin added.
Arkansans who wish to report concerns about the subject of this Consumer Alert or desire more information should contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office by calling (800) 482-8982 or by visiting www.arkansasag.gov.