Louisiana judge dismisses hemp lawsuit, but products remain protected with TRO

A Louisiana district judge Wednesday dismissed one lawsuit seeking to protect adult consumable hemp products that can create a “high,” but a temporary restraining order from a second lawsuit remains in place that prevents regulators from removing them from retailers’ shelves for now.

The legal battles over hemp come as lawmakers, regulators and entrepreneurs in the exploding industry grapple with what consumable hemp products from gummies to inhalables containing THC should be legal and how they can be packaged and sold, especially in relation to serving sizes.

THC is the chemical that creates a high or euphoria and is often credited with helping manage pain, stress and insomnia, among other conditions. Hemp’s THC levels are typically lower than in its cannabis-cousin marijuana.

Baton Rouge District Judge Ronald Johnson agreed with Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control attorneys that hemp manufacturer 318 LABZ and wholesaler and retailer STRSW8 Cannabis must seek relief in a hearing with its regulator before pursuing its case in state court.

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