The State of Louisiana Legalizes CBD

Governor Jon Bel Edwards of Louisiana, signed House Bill 491 last week. The new House Bill recognizes the standards brought forth by the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, removing hemp from the controlled substances list and reclassifying it as an agricultural product.

The Louisiana law lays out what farmers and retailers need to do in order to work with the product, including obtaining licensing. In following with FDA regulations, the new bill does not allow CBD in the form of smokable products, alcohol, or in food or beverage products. To be legal in the state of Louisiana, CBD must contain less than 0.3 percent THC.

House Bill 491 clears up the grey area between state and federal regulations over hemp-derived CBD. Not only does it clear the grey area for farmers, sellers, retailers, and consumers… the bill creates clear regulation of CBD products for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

“Looking at other states and the dollar value,” the bill’s author Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) said, “this is probably going to be one of the biggest pieces of legislation to create more jobs and help small business in the last 50 years.”

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