Legal sale of CBD products begins in Louisiana

Updated: Jun. 24, 2019 at 3:09 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Monday, June 24, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued its first permits to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products.

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This comes three weeks after lawmakers approved a bill during the regular session to legalize and regulate the products. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law June 6. It allows hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% to be legally sold in the state. It also prohibits the sale or processing of hemp for inhalation, as well as the sale of alcoholic beverages containing CBD. Food and beverage products containing CBD are also banned unless the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves CBD as a food additive.

“ATC employees have worked diligently to process the influx of CBD applications in just a short amount of time. The agency is ready to provide the necessary support for this new industry in Louisiana,” said ATC Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard.

The office says the temporary permits expire Feb. 29, 2020. Permanent permits will be issued after ATC gets certification from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) that applicants’ products comply with state law.

"This is not a trend medicine, Grace Apothecary CBD shop owner James Wolfe said. “It’s something that will revolutionize the future.”

Wolfe said he feels the new permits validate his business. He designed the interior to look like a coffee shop, part of a broad push to make customers feel comfortable for the remedy that’s beginning to shed its status as a taboo.

“The way we built the shop was to target grandmothers, soccer moms, and people who aren’t going to a head shop," he said.

The permit application is available online here. The full list of businesses with completed permits as of June 24 is below:

Thrifty Liquor #2Bossier City
Thrifty Liquor #3Shreveport
Thrifty Liquor #4Shreveport
Thrifty Liquor #5Shreveport
Thrifty Liquor #6Shreveport
Thrifty Liquor #8Shreveport
Essential CBDMandeville
Overcast Vapor LoungeGonzales
420 Vape & Smoke ShopKenner
Florida Food StoreDenham Springs
City Mart 1Baton Rouge
Kenner Airport CasinoKenner
Northshore ChevronSlidell
Hwy. 59 ChevronMandeville
Hwy. 21 ChevronCovington
Hwy. 22 ChevronMandeville
Main Street ChevronLaplace
Gause ChevronSlidell
University TexacoHammond
Robert ChevronPonchatoula
Hwy. 10 ChevronBogalusa
Varnado ChevronAngie
Marshall Richardson ChevronBogalusa
Sunset ChevronBogalusa
Port Allen ChevronPort Allen
Juban ChevronDenham Springs
Greensburg ChevronGreensburg
Grace ApothecaryHammond
B & J’s GroceryRobert
Save & GoLake Charles

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