Delta-8 THC confusion snags South Carolina retailer

A vape shop owner in South Carolina is challenging police over $5,000 worth of delta-8 THC products confiscated from his store.

Robert Oggenfuss, owner of TSR Vape Shop in Clinton, says the products were derived from legal hemp. Authorities have not charged him with a crime pending lab analysis.

“I want my product back so I can make my sales, so I don’t lose customers,”  Oggenfuss told WYFF-TV.

South Carolina law does not specifically address delta-8 THC, an isomer of delta-9 THC that can cause mild intoxication.

Federal law is unclear on the legality of delta-8 THC if it comes from a hemp extract. The gray area has many producing delta-8 THC from excess CBD isolate.

Eleven states currently ban delta-8 THC entirely: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island and Utah.

A smoke-shop operator in south Texas has been charged with drug crimes for selling delta-8 THC products that came from hemp.