A bill seeking to legalize the cultivation of hemp for Louisiana farmers has been successfully amended by the Louisiana House of Representatives. The amendment to the legislation added language to legalize the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) oil sales. A unanimous vote of 102-0 passed the measure to add the legalization of CBD oil sales to the bill. The bill will now head to the Senate for final approval.
CBD does not provide a “high” sensation to those who ingest it and is entirely different to its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The CBD oil product sales can only be done so legally if the sold CBD oil product is not meant to be smoked, not sold within food, and is not sold within a beverage. The amendment does include language that makes the sale of CBD foods or alcohols legal if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlines a firm and legal stance on it.
House Bill 491, the bill that originally would’ve only legalized the cultivation of hemp, will now legalize the cultivation of hemp and the sale of CBD oils when passed. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry would be tasked with the responsibility of hemp farmer crop management. The department will issue licenses to farmers who meet the qualifications, track land usage, inspect hemp plants, and order for the destruction of hemp plants that exceed the maximum amount of THC allowed.
Some stores in the state have been allowed to conduct sales of CBD oils, but only from within a legal gray area. The stores that operate under the permission of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control are not allowed to sell CBD oil, while others have.
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