According to officials with the Department’s Office of Public Health, CBD products manufactured, distributed, imported or sold for use in the state of Louisiana are required to be produced from hemp grown in accordance with standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CBD products must be labeled in accordance with Louisiana’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law.
Baton Rouge — With the passage of House Bill 491, the Louisiana Legislature legalized the sale of hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol products, more commonly called CBD.
Products sold at the retail level must obtain a permit prior to sale from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed the legislation into law on June 6. The bill only authorizes the sale of hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3%. Hemp and CBD are still banned from being used in food and drinks.
With the legalization of CBD, the Louisiana Department of Health will take an active role in the regulation of the product. On Tuesday, the Department has the responsibility of permitting manufacturers and registering labels for wholesale food and drug products.
The Department, along with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, is working to promulgate formal rules that will provide detailed regulations.
The cannabis plant naturally produces more than 400 chemical compounds, at least 60 of which are cannabinoid compounds. Cannabinoids interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a broad range of physical and psychoactive effects.
One of the most important things to pay attention to is whether a CBD product is “full spectrum,” “broad spectrum,” or “isolate.”
What is CBD?
Under current Louisiana laws, CBD product labels must include a disclaimer that the product has not been approved by the FDA and a scannable barcode linking the product to its certificate of analysis showing that it does not contain more than 0.3% THC. Additionally, CBD products cannot be labeled as a dietary supplement.
At the time, this put Louisiana at odds with the federal law established by the 2018 Farm Bill. HB 491 was passed in order to address this discrepancy.. For the most part, this bill brought Louisiana state law into alignment with federal rules. The most important rules established in HB 491 include:
Currently, CBD oil and other CBD products can be purchased online or at state-licensed retailers including liquor stores, gas stations, convenience stores, health food stores, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and CBD-specific retailers.