HEMP NEWS AND UPDATES FROM A variety of STATES

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Louisiana: Final month, the Louisiana legislature passed one of the most restrictive hemp laws in the nation, prohibiting the sale of CBD as a meals additive or a dietary supplement. Counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable worked closely with Louisiana Division of Overall health to attain a compromise: as an alternative of labeling CBD oils and tinctures as “dietary supplements,” they can be labeled as “hemp supplements” or “hemp CBD supplements” or “hemp-derived CBD supplements.” (The latter two are specifically applicable to CBD isolates.) Additional, the state agency agreed that the sale of CBD gel caps and capsules are permitted. The Roundtable provided its comments on the department’s emergency rules to formalize these agreements, as nicely as offer you some other technical ideas.

Massachusetts: Roundtable-promoted legislation in the Bay State – which would expand the state’s hemp plan and legalize the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD – continues to make progress. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Cusack, and co-sponsored by extra than two dozen of his colleagues, was admitted into the State Senate final week and provided an official title: H.4001. The Roundtable spoke with the Home Chair of the Joint Cannabis Policy Committee and received confirmation they would anticipate a hearing in the fall, contemplating the upcoming recess and the lack of hearings in August. Meanwhile, 26 Massachusetts legislators sent a letter to Governor Baker in robust opposition to the current hemp/CBD policy statement from the state’s agriculture and well being departments, which is jeopardizing established hemp firms, investments and present license holders with overtly restrictive regulations. Let’s preserve up the stress: if you hail from Massachusetts, please use our State Action Center to urge your legislators to help H.4001.

West Virginia: This spring, West Virginia passed 1 of the most expansive hemp bills in the nation, applying lots of of the main elements of the Roundtable’s Model State Act. Now, the Roundtable has also submitted recommendations to West Virginia’s Division of Agriculture concerning its regulations on hemp and hemp-derived goods. We are urging the state to market broad access to protected hemp goods and lessen the regulatory burden on hemp farmers and retail retailer owners.

 

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