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Hundreds of Louisiana businesses permitted for CBD products

CBD is in the cannabis family, but contains only traces of the THC chemical compound

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has permitted 775 businesses to sell CBD products around the state.

An agency spokesman says ATC has received more than 1,000 permit applications since lawmakers passed a regulatory structure for retailers to sell products containing CBD.

Sellers must meet a lengthy list of requirements to get permits. Sales of beverages or food containing CBD are prohibited unless the FDA approves the substance for such use.

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CBD is in the cannabis family but contains only traces of the THC chemical compound that causes a high for marijuana users. CBD is used in oils and lotions that some believe are beneficial to their health.

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While the law ended uncertainty about whether CBD products can be sold in Louisiana, critics say the regulations are overly burdensome.