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Hemp, CBD regulatory plan backed by Louisiana lawmakers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With a unanimous vote, lawmakers in the Louisiana House sent the governor a measure that could allow farmers to get into the hemp-growing business.

The measure that won final passage with a 95-0 vote Monday also authorizes and regulates sales of CBD products in Louisiana.

Hemp and CBD are in the cannabis family but contain only traces of the THC chemical compound that causes a high for marijuana users. Hemp is used in textiles, fuels and other products, while CBD is used in oils and lotions that some believe are beneficial to their health.

The bill by Republican Rep. Clay Schexnayder requires a hemp growing and production regulatory plan be submitted to the USDA by Nov. 1.

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House Bill 491: www.legis.la.gov