Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a bill that would bring the state’s hemp laws better in line with new federal regulations. The bill, which would legalize the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Louisiana, advanced out of the House agriculture committee on Thursday. While passage of the bill would end the state’s ban on hemp and hemp products, lawmakers hope it will also spark economic opportunities for struggling farmers. Growing hemp privately and for personal use, however, would be strictly prohibited under the bill.
Hemp Legalization Bill Still Doesn’t Address Louisiana’s Confusing CBD Laws
In January of this year, the passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, a.k.a. the Farm Bill, changed the Controlled Substances Act to no longer include hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC. And while some states have already embraced the U.S.’s bourgeoning hemp industry, others still have laws on the books that treat hemp just like marijuana, i.e., with harsh criminal sentences.
Just this week, a Lafayette, Louisiana entrepreneur was arrested and is now behind bars facing multiple felony drug charges for selling cannabidiol (CBD). Travis DeYoung had just opened his Cajun Cannabis storefront and cafe on 4/20, when police raided the establishment days