Louisiana Bans Smoking Hemp In All Forms Except Rolling Papers

The ban on inhalable hemp products is likely a preemptive crutch

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a bill into law on Wednesday containing regulations for the state’s industrial hemp and CBD industry. The bill, ACT 344/HB 843, includes language that bans all smokeable hemp products — except for rolling papers.

The legislation gives a distinct outline of the industry including licensing requirements, application/permit fees, regulations for the labeling and testing of CBD products, as well as regulations for other industrial hemp-based products. The ban on inhalable hemp products is likely a preemptive crutch for law enforcement agencies, which often have trouble discerning between illicit, THC-rich cannabis products and federally legal, CBD-rich hemp flower.

The legislation sets penalties for violating the new policies at a maximum fine of $300 for the first offense and a maximum fine of $1,000 for the second offense; third and subsequent convictions can result in fines of up to $5,000.

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