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Products associated with marijuana step closer to legalization in Louisiana

May 08, 2019 - 11:47 am

Matt Doyle |

Members of the Louisiana House unanimously approved legislation that would legalize industrial hemp, and regulate the sale of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD).

Currently, the sale of CBD products in Louisiana is a legal grey area, according to Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales).

"You’ve seen it in the news where they have had some misunderstandings with those products," said Schexnayder, who says this bill will legalize those sales.

Unlike THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high, CBD has no psychoactive effect.

Many Louisiana farmers have been pushing for the state to allow industrial hemp after the federal government legalized the growth in the last farm bill. Schexnayder says because hemp can grow almost anywhere, with minimal resources, it’s great for family farms.

"Across the country right now, in other states where they do it, a lot of your smaller farmers are the ones who are in high demand right now, they are the ones who are prospering the most out of it," he said.

Rep. Sam Jenkins (D-Shreveport) said both of these products have created a new marketplace, and it’s time for Louisiana to jump in and compete.

"Hemp and CBD products will help diversify our economy and generate additional revenue for our state," said Jenkins.

The bill heads to the senate.

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