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Let’s Talk Delta-8 State Legality: Louisiana

Let’s Talk Delta-8 State Legality: Louisiana

I always want Louisiana to win because they’ve taken a lot of losses, and may never recover from the natural disasters that they’ve endured. The history of Louisiana is grim, but is nonetheless fascinating. You will never meet anyone who loves their city and state more than New Orleans. Give them a break. Let them have delta-8 THC, please. And the state and feds said yes, Delta-8 THC is federally legal in the state of Louisiana. Their guidelines were supported by the House Bill NO. 491 ACT NO.163. Part V. Industrial Hemp.

(10) “Industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of 12 that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, 13 isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 14 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more 0.3 percent on a dry weight 15 basis.

16 (11) “Industrial hemp seed” means Cannabis sativa L. seed or other 17 propagating stock which have been inspected and sampled during their period of 18 growth and preparation for market by the commissioner, or by the inspection official 19 of the state in which the seeds or propagating stock were grown, and which have 20 been found to conform to the regulations issued by the commission pursuant to this 21 Part.

22 (12) “Process” means converting industrial hemp into a marketable form.

23 (13) “Processor” means any individual, partnership, corporation, cooperative

24 association, or other business entity that receives industrial hemp for storage or

25 processing into commodities, products, or industrial hemp seed.

Part VI Consumaable Hemp Products tacks on the latest installment of the state legislature.

PART VI. CONSUMABLE HEMP PRODUCTS

  • 1481. Definitions

            As used in this Part:

            (1) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of alcohol and tobacco control.

            (2) “Consumable hemp processor” means any individual, partnership, corporation, cooperative association, or other business entity that receives industrial hemp for the manufacturing or processing of a consumable hemp product.

            (3)(a) “Consumable hemp product” means any product derived from industrial hemp that contains any cannabinoid, including cannabidiol, and is intended for consumption or topical use.

            (b) “Consumable hemp product” shall include commercial feed, pet products, and hemp floral material.

            (4) “Department” means the Louisiana Department of Health.

            (5) “Industrial hemp” or “hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a total delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

            (6) “Remote retailer” means a person or entity who offers any consumable hemp product for sale at retail, or for any transaction of products in lieu of a sale, through a digital application, catalog, or the internet, that can be purchased and delivered directly to a consumer in Louisiana.

            (7) “Retail sale” or “sale at retail” means the sale or any transaction in lieu of a sale of products to the public for use or consumption but does not include the sale or any transaction in lieu of a sale of products for resale.

            (8) “State plan” means a plan required for approval by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to monitor and regulate the production of hemp.

            (9) “THC” means a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid.

            (10) “Wholesaler” means a wholesale seller, distributor, or packer of consumable hemp products.

            Acts 2019, No. 164, §1, eff. June 6, 2019; Acts 2020, No. 344, §1; Acts 2021, No. 336, §1.

Louisiana is one of the states that are accepting hemp-derived delta-9 THC so long as they’re compliant to the federal standings of be less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. Science is amazing. However, traditional marijuana has no place in Louisiana—even though, in my experiences—it’s all over the place. Currently, medical cannabis is underway in the state but they’ve yet to make any moves towards legalizing recreational.