The Department of Consumer Protection (DPC) commissioner is warning the public that high-THC hemp products and synthetic cannabinoids sold from unlicensed retailers are unregulated and could be harmful if consumed.

“The purpose of a regulated industry is to provide a safe marketplace for adults, 21 and older, who choose to consume cannabis,” stated DCP commissioner Bryan T. Cafferelli. “Products sold by licensed cannabis retailers and hybrid retailers have been tested and are subject to strict regulations related to labeling, packaging, serving size and more. High-THC hemp products are considered cannabis. Products sold illegally at unauthorized retailers are not subject to these regulations designed to protect public health and safety, and are often sold to minors under 21 years old. We are working with law enforcement to protect public health and safety, particularly for young people who may be targeted by these illegal …

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