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HB 952 Approved by House Health & Welfare Committee

The House Health & Welfare Committee approved HB 952 without objection on Monday, April 16th. The bill will now be scheduled for a vote by the full house as early as next week, likely Monday April 22nd.

Here is a copy of the bill as it has been amended:

24.4.16 ENGROSSED as amended by H&W HB 952 MIller
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Rep Miller asked the committee to amend his bill to incorporate technical changes and a few substantive amendments to include:

  • A requirement that THC compounds used in the manufacture of consumable hemp products be limited to those naturally derived from hemp.

  • Removed the prohibition of consumable hemp products containing homologs

  • Added clarifying language that hemp flower is prohibited

  • Authorization for ATC to revoke a permit to sell consumable hemp products on the first violation

  • Requires testing of cannabinoids used in consumable hemp products

  • Requires potency testing of each batch of consumable hemp products produced for sale

  • Authorizes LDH to establish laboratory testing qualifications for companies testing consumable hemp products with a preference for Louisiana companies.

Rep Joe Stagni, added an amendment (approved by the committee) that consumable hemp beverages be excepted from the requirement that products be kept behind the retailers counter.

Several people testified or turned in cards of support for HB 952, After presentations and committee discussion, HB 952 was reported favorably by the committee and now moves to consideration by the entire House of Representatives. If approved by the house members, the bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Rep Miller has indicated that he plans to ask the house to vote on his bill as early as Monday.

We encourage you to contact your representatives and ask them to support Rep Miller's efforts to clarify current hemp law.

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This haphazard approach to addressing legitimate concerns about product accessibility to those under 21 isn't serving anyone well. We need to push for a no vote on all three bills, operate another year under existing law, and put forth solutions that address accessibility in the next session.

"A retailer shall maintain all consumable hemp products except for consumable hemp beverages in a location that is inaccessible to the public without the assistance of an employee of the retailer."

This is absurd. Our opponents are concerned about recreational use. THC Seltzers are inherently recreational use. They are absolutely marketed that way. The idea that Rouses is exempt because they want to refrigerate the product defies logic. It's okay for Rouses' cust…

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