BATON ROUGE – Hemp-derived CBD oil products have been sold over-the-counter in Louisiana stores for months now despite technically being Schedule I narcotics. Law enforcement has rarely cracked down while state lawmakers are close the legalizing and regulating the murky industry.
Hemp is in the same species of cannabis plants as marijuana but with only trace amounts of the intoxicating chemical THC. CBD, or cannabidiol, is another chemical found in both hemp and marijuana.
CBD is not intoxicating and not known to have serious side effects.
Many in Louisiana consume or apply hemp-derived CBD oil products for a number of ailments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to regulate the products and recently called on CBD producers to provide more evidence of the supposed therapeutic benefits.
Saturday the Louisiana State Senate approved a bill, HB491, to legalize hemp…