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Louisiana Allowing Delta-8 in Consumables

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Louisiana is bucking the trend of banning Delta 8 THC, and proposing the synthetic cannabinoid be allowed in food, according to a Marijuana Business Daily report. In an email announcing the changes, the Louisiana Department of Health (DOH) said applications are now open for businesses to add cannabinoids to food. The new policy is made possible by a state law that creates a new category known as “consumable hemp,” defined as “any product derived from industrial hemp that contains any cannabinoids and is intended for consumption or topical use.”

“This includes the addition of food products containing CBD and delta-8 (THC),” the agency wrote in the email.

Delta-8 is an isomer of delta-9 THC that rarely occurs naturally in cannabis plants. Today, large batches of delta-8 are synthesized from more widely available, hemp-derived, CBD. The emergence of delta-8 availability has prompted approximately 18 states to outright ban the substance. Additionally, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that delta-8 is making people sick, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has added the cannabinoid to its “Orange Book,” signaling that they believe delta-8 should be regulated similar to delta-9, the report says.

The addition of delta-8 as an allowed cannabinoid in Louisiana will coincide with smokable medical cannabis coming online in 2022. MJ Business Daily projects the state will sell $25 to $30 million in medical cannabis this year, prior to the new reforms taking effect.

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