CBD shop opening in Ball
The CBD and Hemp industry is seeing a boom in the Louisiana economy. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control issued hundreds of permits to businesses. One in Ball got the go-ahead to sell CBD products.
Clyde Moore owns Cannaleaf on Monroe Highway. The store sells a wide range of organic hemp products from gummies to face creams retail and wholesale.
Moore said his background is in web design and marketing so he expects most of his business to be done online but he wanted to offer products locally.
"With CBD, there's not a psychoactive effect or high," Moore said.
Earlier this year, Governor John Bel Edwards legalized the sale of hemp products across the state. All products must have a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent. It also prohibits selling or processing hemp for inhalation, as well as the sale of alcoholic beverages containing CBD.
In June, ATC issued its first permits. Since then, ATC has received more than 1,000 permit applications and permitted 1,102 businesses.
Moore said he submitted one because he didn't want to see sick people taken advantage of.
"I'm a medical marijuana patient myself after a car accident and it's helped me," Moore said. "Whenever they legalized hemp in December with the Farm Bill, I said it's something that helps people."
He wants his products to be an alternative for people who don't have access to or can't afford medical marijuana.
"People are finding (CBD) good for so many things," Moore said. "Whether you have problems with pain, it's good for muscle spasms. It's good for inflammation."
While research suggests CBD can ease symptoms of anxiety, epilepsy, and other ailments, state leaders say to exercise caution.
"We want to make sure the product is safe because everything that says CBD derived from hemp just because the label says it doesn't' really mean that's what you're getting," said Juana Lombard, Commissioner with the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Moore said every item he sells complies with the law. He also encourages customers to check for themselves.
Every item has a code that you can take a photo of with your cellphone. Once it's snapped, it will bring customers to a certificate of analysis.
That analysis gives consumers a detailed breakdown of the components of the items they plan to consume.
He expects Cannaleaf to open Monday, November 4.