Louisiana recently legalized the sale of CBD products, but retailers who want to sell those products will have to get a permit from Louisiana’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC).
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the regulatory structure for CBD products into law last Thursday. Today, the ATC announced that applications to sell those products will be available on June 17th.
Even with a license, there are strict limits on the types of CBD and hemp products retailers can offer:
- No smokable hemp products are allowed
- CBD products must contain a scannable bar code, QR code, and/0r information verifying the products’ certificate of analysis
- CBD products must not be marketed as dietary supplements – they can be sold as food or cosmetics only
- CBD products must be labeled with a warning stating “This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
Retail CBD permits will be capped at $175 per year.
Advocacy groups, including Commonsense NOLA have been largely unhappy with the new law, in part because possible jail time is among the penalties for violating the strict limits surrounding CBD sales.
The new law has been named “one of the most restrictive programs in the country” by Louisiana State Sen. Bret Allain (R-Franklin).
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