CBD in Louisiana
Is it Legal? How to Buy?
Louisiana’s mardi gras is guaranteed a surge in footfall after the legalization of CBD products in the Pelican State. More visitors will flock to the state to get a taste of not just the vibrant culture but also of these novel products especially from such states who are not as progressive.
Is CBD Oil Legal
Yes it is legal. Since June 2019 most of the CBD products are now legal to sell, buy and consume without any restrictions, however the THC content in the CBD product shouldn’t be more than 0.3%. THC is the compound that produces the high in CBD but at that low concentration, it only provides the body with health benefits.
What's Legal, What's Not!
The earlier HB 491 in February 2019 had legalised cultivation, processing and transportation of industrial hemp but did not include the sale of CBD products but this was amended in May 2019. Retailers will now have to follow guidelines laid out in consultation with the federal government on the sale of CBD products.
The now amended House Bill 491 has the full guidelines for the manufacturing of CBD products, their distribution, their import and for their sale in the state of Louisiana. These standards are being set by the US Department of Agriculture.
The labelling of the CBD products and their monitoring will fall under the Louisiana Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law and products sold at the retail level need to obtain a permit that allows them to sell the products. This permit will be issued by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC). Formal rules to control these permits is still being detailed out in the legislature.
The new permits will authorise gas stations, liquor stores, retailers of CBD, etc. to sell the product openly without them having to worry about the grey area where CBD used to be just a few months back. CBD used to be widely and easily available in Louisiana for a few years but the ATC had recently started a war against its sellers arguing that state laws did not distinguish CBD from marijuana. But all that is now in the past. The distinction has been made via HB 491 and regulations for CBD and hemp are now in place.
Hemp based CBD products with less than 0.3% THC can be sold in Louisiana. The law however bans the sale of hemp or of the CBD products as inhalers or added to alcoholic beverages. Additives of CBD to food products are also on hold until the federal government approves their use as food additives. This also means that CBD as health supplements is also banned at the moment.
The health department will monitor and permit manufacturers to produce CBD products and suitable labels with the ATC regulating the CBD retailers. This is similar to the role of ATC in overseeing the stores that sell alcohol and tobacco. Both of these departments are working on drafting further regulations for the CBD industry.
The Agriculture department of Louisiana state is in the meantime working on regulations for hemp cultivation which they will submit to the federal government for approval.
Once this legislation gets in place, farmers in the state of Louisiana will be able to openly grow the industrial hemp plant though under a tight regulation of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry. They will start accepting license applications as soon as these regulations are approved by the USDA and the state rules have been adopted.
The state also has in place a program now for the medical use of marijuana and further testing of the products is on-going. The products should be in the market soon with further legislation for their distribution, sale and usage.
Louisiana government is at the time of writing this article found to be very busy developing their own hemp industry from the ground up. Once all hemp growers, retailers, etc. are licensed, it will be most easy to get CBD products in the state of Louisiana.
Where to buy CBD oil
At present the stores and places that have older stock still left with them are allowed to sell them off and you have a chance to procure them at lower rates. This however does not allow the retailers or stores to sell CBD products that have more than 0.3% THC content.
However, once the permits are in place, several liquor stores, CBD shops, retailers and even gas stations will be allowed to sell the products as per the list of businesses provided by the ATC. With anyone allowed to apply for a permit, you can expect the CBD oil and its derivatives soon available legally in a store close to your home or workplace.
Some places of interest for you to visit may be:
- The CBD Shop, Mandeville
- Simply CBD: Hemp Wellness Dispensary, New Orleans
- Your CBD Store, New Orleans
- The CBD Shop, Covington
- CBD Oil, Slidell
- Aurora CBD and Hemp, Houma
- Your CBD Store - Lafayette, LA
Horrors of Buying CBD Locally
Till date without proper legislation in place, many local shops were selling all sorts of cannabidiol. There was no proper checking in place to see if the product actually has less than 0.3% THC as advertised on their label or not. But all this will become a thing of the past when stores and other CBD joints with permits will be allowed to store and sell approved CBD products. As it stands, most local stores have no idea about the validity of the sources unless they have a proper third party testing certificate and buying from such places is unsafe.
How to get CBD Oil Online
Buying online is faster, convenient and much easier than going around the shops and stores in the area looking for a suitable product. Keep in mind when shopping online to check out the credentials of the company who is offering the product in regards to its quality and its capability to deliver to your address. A third party check by a laboratory is another thing to check which will tell you of the quality of the product. Do please remember to also check that the CBD product you intend to buy has less than 0.3% THC and do not buy a vape variety of the product or a food supplement or anything added to alcohol as these forms are illegal in the state of Louisiana. Other than that you can get good deals online making the product much cheaper than the local market rates with the added convenience of it being delivered while you sit in the comfort of your home.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil in Louisiana
State legislation has finally allowed the use of CBD oil and its derivatives sourced from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. This is a very happy and positive news for the state and we hope for better times economically for the state through the sale of these products. People living in Louisiana or even tourists coming for its various festivals will find a safe haven in Louisiana to try out these products and gain from its many health benefits.