During Pouring Priorities: The Good, The Bad & The Compliant, ATC Commissioner Lombard spoke of the seemingly overnight explosion of CBD oils and other products. We’ve noticed it too. A drive along I-10 into New Orleans yields billboards promoting the products and the Feb. 19 issue of Gambit Weekly contains at least five pages of advertising and editorial content directing readers on where to buy CBD oil.
The federal government has recently enacted legislation which legalizes CBD products to some extent. Specifically, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 changes laws related to the production and marketing of hemp (Cannabis sativa L) and derivatives of cannabis with less than 0.3 present THC. Hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Read more here.
However, Louisiana statutes do not reflect these changes. “This issue is growing more and more difficult to manage,” Lombard said. “Recently, the Pharmacy Board released its opinion which determined all CBD products are derivative of marijuana and thus are illegal.”
The ATC has put forth guidance which prohibits the sale of CBD products which contain any amount of THC (or other prohibited substances).
“There’s a secondary level to all of this,” said added. “The big issue is that technically the FDA has never said these products or derivatives are legal to be used in food products. However, there is a whole line of food and beverage products now. We have applications pending for Hemp Vodka. We have just pulled CBD water off the shelves of one of the major stores.”
She anticipated that an industrial hemp bill would be introduced in the 2019 Regular Legislative Session, however, advised LRA members to hold off on investing in the products until we know where Louisiana stands on this issue. To watch the ATC Commissioners full presentation on CBD products, click here and advance to 13:55-18:00.