Louisiana legalizes hemp farming but bans smokable hemp and limits CBD sales

Louisiana has finally legalized hemp production and CBD sales – with caveats.

The state is putting limits on the kinds of CBD products that can be sold, and farmers will have to wait until 2020 to grow legal hemp.

CBD retailers in Louisiana will have to get licenses from the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and those licenses will come with limits on the kinds of legal hemp products they can sell.

Some highlights of the Louisiana requirements:

  • The sale of smokable hemp is prohibited.
  • CBD products must be sold as food or cosmetics and not “marketed as a dietary supplement.”
  • CBD products must carry scannable bar codes, QR codes or other information to verify the product’s certificate of analysis.
  • CBD products must carry the warning, “This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
  • CBD retail permits will be capped at $175 a year.
  • Applications to sell CBD in Louisiana won’t be released until June 17.

The new law takes effect immediately but won’t allow for hemp farming in 2019. That’s because the state Agricultural Chemistry and Seed Commission has until Oct. 15 to develop a plan to regulate hemp.

Other details in Louisiana’s new hemp law:

  • The state will have separate licenses for hempseed producers, hemp growers, hemp transporters and hemp processors.
  • Felons will face a 10-year ban from participating in the hemp industry.
  • Licenses for growers and processors will be capped at $500 a year.
  • THC testing fees are capped at $250 a year.
  • Unlike commercial farmers, the state’s two agricultural research institutions – Louisiana State University and Southern University – will not be required to destroy hemp crops with THC content above 0.3% THC.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

8 comments on “Louisiana legalizes hemp farming but bans smokable hemp and limits CBD sales
  1. JPJ on

    “CBD products must be sold as food or cosmetics and not “marketed as a dietary supplement.”

    How does this square up with the wording of the legislation ?

    “CBD products; prohibitions; Louisiana Department of Health

    A. No person shall process or sell:

    (1) Any part of hemp for inhalation.
    (2) Any alcoholic beverage containing CBD.
    (3) Any food product or beverage containing CBD unless the United States
    Food and Drug Administration approves CBD as a food additive. ”

    Seems to me CBD in food or oil is dead in the water 🙁

    • Stephanie on

      From my understanding CBD may be marketed to consumers with the proper labeling. It may not suggest any form of cure or aid in any sort of health. Also, from my understanding the directions may not include taking it via the mouth. I may be incorrect but from my conversations with other manufacturers,that is how the labeling must appear.

  2. Tess on

    When will regs be out on transport? Will THC content be tested in LA or hemp shipped in be tested in the state grown? What is the legality of transportation from other hemp legal states?

  3. Robert MI Boone on

    As a farmer I am interested in growing a cash crop of CBD hemp. Is it possible to get plants from another state, after getting license in Louisiana and transporting them to set out on my farm. Is there going to be a processor that we can bring our harvest too and sell, if so where will it be located. I have never been one to break laws but would love to grow a lucrative crop for a change. I would like further info.

  4. Anonymus on

    I’m not sure where you have gotten your information from but smokable hemp is legal in Louisiana and State Representative Schexnayder said in an interview that plants with above the level of 0.3% THC will be destroyed…..

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