Hemp, CBD clears state senate vote

Louisiana House will have to examine changes

Chris Miller
June 01, 2019 - 4:14 pm

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Hemp and cannabidiol, a chemical found in the plant and its botanical cousin marijuana, are a step closer to being legally available in Louisiana. The state senate today voted 34-2 in favor of legalized and regulated production and sale.

Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets users highs. Both plants can produce cannabidiol, known as CBD, which has been touted for its health benefits.

"Every single farmer that I've been in contact with is for this bill," said Houma Republican Sen. Norby Chabert.

The federal government legalized hemp production in the 2018 Farm Act. States can develop hemp-growing programs subject to FDA approval.

The House version of the bill was re-written in the Senate, so the bill returns now to the House for further consideration. The legislative session must end Thursday, June 6.

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