BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana businesses have started receiving the state's first regulatory permits to sell CBD products, as new laws on hemp and CBD take hold.

The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Monday started issuing temporary permits to sell legal CBD products, handing out 20 such permits. The Advocate reports the permits will expire next February when permanent regulations are expected to be written.

The agency is the new regulator of CBD sellers under a law passed earlier this month that legalized hemp production and CBD products.

CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant that does not get users high. It is used in a wide range of products including tinctures, lotions and even dog treats, and sellers of the products often claim the compound provides health benefits.

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