Consumable Hemp Products

 All consumable hemp products that fall within the purview of the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) must be registered with this office.    Registrations may only be submitted by manufacturers or authorized third-party logistics providers. If you have questions about retail dealer permits, please contact the Office of Alcohol Tobacco and Control of the Louisiana Department of Revenue at 225-925-4041 or visit the agency’s website at www.atc.louisiana.gov/cbd.php.  Use the below link on this page to submit your artwork for review. 

LDH requirements for consumable hemp reflect the updates made by ACT 498 of 2022 to the consumable hemp program. 

 

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2023 Summary of Changes to Conform with the June 26, 2023 Emergency Rule

  • Amended registration requirements to allow firms to submit an attestation that products are made from hemp in lieu of a copy of the grower's license
  • Amended registration renewal requirements to allow firms to submit an attestation that product artwork, product line(s), and serving-size delineation methods are unchanged from the previous submissions, if applicable
  • Removed prohibitions against the following dosage forms: transdermal patches, vaginal or rectal suppositories, personal lubricants
  • Amended language regarding the emergency revocation of product registrations to qualify any product with more than eight milligrams of THC per serving, failing to meet the serving-size requirements of §533, or containing any synthetic cannabinoids for emergency status
    • Defined serving-size requirements for categories of products as follows:
      • tinctures, extracts, concentrates and other non-beverage fluids: includes a measuring device capable of administering a single serving
      • beverages: container must clearly show a consumer when a serving has been consumed OR consists only of a single serving per container
      • other products for ingestion (tablets, capsules, food products, gummies, et cetera): an individual unit represents a single serving

      2023 Summary of Changes to Conform with the January 20, 2023 Emergency Rule

      • Added definitions of "e-cigarette", "vape cartridge", and "vape pen" to the rule
      • Firms must supply copies of
        • grower/processor's license from the originating hemp crop
        • photographs or renderings of the products submitted where labelling does not clearly and accurately depict the nature of the product
        • a detailed description of how individual servings are packaged and marketed for sale
        • a complete product list
      • Firms may not register
        • products intended for inhalant use
        • products intended for subcutaneous or transdermal use
        • products intended for intravenous or intramuscular injection or infusion
        • products intended for rectal or vaginal insertion
        • products designed as or including a vape cartridge, vape pen, or e-cigarette
      • The department may revoke the registration of any noncompliant products following a written notice to the applicant and an administrative hearing (if requested)--unless the state health officer deems the product in question to be an imminent health hazard, in which case the registration may be revoked with immediate effect by the state health officer

      2022 Summary of Changes

      • "Adult-use" hemp products - any item containing more than 0.5 mg THC - must be declared as "adult-use" (or similar language) on label
      • For non-floral products, THC content per serving may not exceed 8 mg
      • Retail packages need to bear labelling or markings clearly identifying a single serving
      • Labels must indicate the quantity of THC per serving, serving size, and total servings per package
      • Certificates of analysis must include phytocannabinoid content expressed as a percentage of the product mass
      • Certificates of analysis must include total THC per serving, total number of servings, and total THC per package--all expressed in milligrams per gram or milligrams per milliliter
      • Applications for new hemp product registration must include verification that the products are produced from hemp
      • Products may be designated "Louisiana Hemp Products" and bear a Louisiana Hemp Product logo if and only if grown and produced in Louisiana and registered as such with the department

      • Consumable Hemp Fast Facts

        Click on any item in bold to get more detailed information.

        • Consumable Hemp Plans Review Questionnaire
        The plans packet is provided by the sanitarian in the region in which your business will be operating. The questionnaire provides the department with basic information about your business. Note that if you are not engaged in wholesale manufacture or distribution of Consumable Hemp, you do not need a plans questionnaire or a permit from the Louisiana Department of Health.
        • Plumbing requirements (toilet count, grease interceptor)
        Per the state sanitary code, the Certified Building Official (CBO) in your area is tasked with making most of the determinations regarding sizing and location of plumbing fixtures in your business. However, LDH does have the regulatory discretion to mandate that certain types of fixtures that are deemed critical to public health be present. For instance, even with a waiver from a local CBO, a person would not be permitted to open a food-service establishment with no hand lavatories.
        • Product registration form
        The product registration application form, FD-10(N), is available for download further down this page. However, you should not simply download the form and send it to this office. The process starts with submitting label artwork for review. See the link at the top of the page to submit your artwork and supporting documents. LDH staff will review your submission along with online marketing language and materials and notify you of required changes. Once all necessary changes are made to render compliant artwork, you may submit a registration packet as directed by staff.
        • Certificates of analysis (CoAs)
        One of the requirements for registering products is that the firm provide access by means of a QR code, barcode, or website URL printed on the product label, to original, per-batch certificates of analysis from a third-party laboratory for a cannabinoid profile, pesticide residues, solvent residues, heavy-metal contaminants, and microbiological contaminants. These CoAs must be from one or more laboratories that is/are accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
        • Company representation
        For legal reasons, we cannot engage in discussions with individuals who are not authorized to make the necessary commitments and modifications to existing artwork or marketing materials or physical facilities in regards to registration and permitting processes for particular firms.
        • Examples of impermissible medical claims or language
        The statutory language in Louisiana's law specifically prohibits any kind of medical claims on products containing cannabidiol, and this includes claims that may ostensibly not be directly linked to the cannabidiol-containing ingredient. Nowhere on the physical packaging, the company's website or social media may the firm make any implicit or explicit claims that the products treat, cure or prevent any disease condition or otherwise have a structural or functional impact on the human body.
        • Responsible party name
        For any type of business organization other than a proprietorship, the full firm name must be used as the responsible party name. If the products are being manufactured by a firm other than the registrant, this must be preceded by a qualifying statement such as "Manufactured for" or "Distributed by."
        • Statements of identity
        The statement of identity tells a consumer what your product is; in the case of Consumable Hemp, the term "cannabidiol" is an insufficiently-specific descriptor. If the product is an extract, isolate, or tincture, the statement of identity should reflect that. This statement is one of two that needs to appear on the part of the label most likely to be observed by the consumer when it is sitting on a shelf (this is also known as the principal display panel).
        • Net quantity of contents

        The net quantity of contents must appear on the part of the label most likely to be seen by a consumer when the product is displayed on a shelf (known as the principal display panel). Statements expressed in terms of fluid measure do not require a prefatory statement, but if one is present, it must be expressed in terms of fluid measure (e.g., "Net" or "Net contents") and never in terms of weight measure (e.g., "Net wt."). For items expressed in terms of weight measure, a prefatory statement is always required. Examples of valid statements include the following: Net wt. 8 oz (227 g), Net contents 1 fl. oz. (30 mL).
        • Examples of acceptable dosage forms
        Statutory language prohibits consumable hemp products in forms intended for inhalation. In addition, due to the potential for confusion, LDH is not registering products such as suppositories, injections, infusions, implants or similar forms that are traditionally associated with pharmaceuticals.
        • Acceptable forms of payment for fees
        The department is currently piloting a new online payment system specifically for Consumable Hemp registration payments. If you would prefer this option to including a cashier's check or money order with your registration packet, notify your label reviewer once your artwork has been accepted for registration. He or she will generate an invoice for your firm and direct you where to send the necessary documents once your payment is received. There is a small convenience fee charged by the third-party processor for online payments.

         

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        FREE CONSUMABLE HEMP WEBINARThe Louisiana Department of Health held a free, one-hour Consumable Hemp Webinar on Thursday, November 4th, 2021 at 10:00am CDT to help guide industry through the process of permitting and label registration. A recording of the webinar is available below.

         

        Our webinar on the basics of hemp permitting and registration from November 4, 2021

         


         


        Hemp Vendor MeetingsThe Louisiana Department of Health has held some meetings to discuss the current emergency rule as well as the forthcoming hemp-processing application.

         

        Hemp vendor meetings are currently archived on YouTube. See below.

         


         

        The department is currently developing additional video presentations for guidance on hemp regulation.

         


        Click below for the searchable database of registered consumable hemp products: