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Louisiana could ban hundreds of previously approved hemp products

Hundreds of hemp products approved by the Louisiana Department of Health could become illegal under an emergency rule discussed by the House Health and Welfare Committee.

The situation has caused chaos in the state's growing hemp industry, with entrepreneurs testifying the change could cost some hundreds of thousands of dollars they've invested in products.

LDH general counsel Steve Russo outlined nine proposed changes on Wednesday, March 1, following consultation with lawmakers and industry leaders, the most controversial dealing with limits on THC and serving size.

The law limits THC — the active compound in hemp and marijuana — to 8 milligrams per serving for products like cookies, gummies, and other items. But LDH has approved hundreds of products with multiple servings in a single package, something Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzalez, said violates the law.

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