Louisiana Lawmakers Say No To Hemp Ban


In a win for businesses and cannabis aficionados who have seized on Louisiana’s booming hemp-THC market, state lawmakers on Friday rejected a push to ban the intoxicating products, instead setting a slew of regulations on a fast-growing $33 million industry.

The state Senate approved a regulatory framework set forth by an overhauled version of House Bill 952, carried by Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, which features age restrictions and limits on portion sizes of hemp-derived THC, the compound in the cannabis plant that gets users high. The House, meanwhile, tabled Senate Bill 237, carried by Sen. Thomas Pressly, R-Shreveport, which sought a total ban on those products.

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