Louisiana is rolling out penalties for the possession and sale of all smokable hemp products, alcoholic beverages containing CBD and food and beverages containing CBD.
Hemp Industry Daily is reporting that Louisiana is rolling out penalties for the possession and sale of all smokable hemp products, alcoholic beverages containing CBD and food and beverages containing CBD.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the hemp limits into law earlier this month.
Louisiana created an industrial hemp program last June, but banned all smokable hemp products and CBD in alcoholic beverages and foods, until federal authorities approved CBD as a food additive. As one of the first three states to receive federal approval for its state production plan, Louisiana opened the application process for hemp farmers and handlers in February.
This new legislation provides regulations for industrial hemp in Louisiana, including hemp-derived CBD and other products, outlining:
- Hemp and CBD definitions.
- Licensing requirements.
- Application and permit fees.
- Testing and inspection rules for hemp crops and products.
- CBD product labeling rules.
- Hemp research and development.
- A structure for the state’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Committee.
The new law sets fines for violators of the new hemp regulations – including the possession and sale of smokable hemp products and food and beverages containing CBD – at up to $300 for the first offense, up to $1,000 for the second violation and up to $5,000 for third and subsequent convictions.