LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -There’s a bill at the legislature to outlaw the production and sale of so-called recreational adult use substances containing THC.

That’s the part of hemp that can make you high.

But a lot of consumers use them for everything from arthritis to anxiety. And they don’t want them banned. Local veteran Tony Landry believes it’s a turf war between small businesses and the much larger medicinal THC industry.

The bill would eliminate non-medicinal products containing THC.

Veteran Tony Landry who uses the products for back pain and anxiety says many older people use them for aches and pains such as arthritis, and insomnia.

“They’ll drink one of these cans or take one of these gummies and have the best night’s sleep ever.”

He says the products eliminate the need for opioids for pain and other pharmaceutical medications and cost less.

“People are saying well, either I pay $200 to get a doctor recommendation to get my medical cannabis and pay these high prices or I can just go to Rousse’s and pick up a four pack of these Delta 9 hemp derived THC for $10.”

Landry believes it’s a turf war between businesses that manufacture the medicinal products and those whose products are characterized non-medicinal or recreational.

“The medical cannabis industry wants to be the sole provider of THC in the state. They don’t want any of these businesses surviving,” said Landry.

The author of SB 237, Senator Pressly, says it eliminates recreational products.

“It is the intoxicating, synthetic lab created products with THC that my bill focuses on,” he told a house committee this week.

However, Landry disputes that and urges people to call their state representatives and tell them to vote no.

“it’s going to harm a lot of families who have invested a lot of money into the hemp industry. It’s going to wipe all that out in the state,” he said.

Landry predicts those who use the products will just purchase them online or when they visit other states. And an undetermined amount of taxes paid on products in Louisiana will be lost.

The bill has only one more hurdle. It has to pass the full House of Representatives before it heads to the governor’s desk. If the governor signs it, Landry says products will have to be off the shelves by August 1.

 Consumable products with THC could be pulled from the store shelves August 1 if Senate bill 237 gets final approve and is signed by the governor.  Read More