Medical marijuana in Louisiana could be ready by fall 2018

Medical marijuana products could be available to Louisiana patients as early as September — 40 years after state lawmakers first approved marijuana for medical use.

Officials from Louisiana State University and Southern University — the stewards of the state crops to be processed into marijuana-based medicines — presented rough timelines and budgets to the joint House and Senate agriculture committee April 18, the same week the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy awarded competitive, potentially lucrative licenses to nine medical marijuana pharmacies that will cover the entire state.


New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary

After Louisiana’s Pharmacy Board rejected its own subcommittee’s recommendation, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

The Big Easy is about to pass a major milestone in the ongoing expansion of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. Thanks to a come from behind victory from the second-generation owner of a father-son pharmacy that’s been in business since the sixties, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

Louisiana awards dispensary permit to New Orleans pharmacist with roots in the community


Louisiana veterans advocate for medical cannabis

Four veterans representing countless others have been sticking their necks out to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis in Louisiana.

Bud Clark of Longville served in the US Navy from 1972 to 1975, Paul Bonial of Alexandria served in the Louisiana Army National Guard and then the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1992, Tony Landry of Jennings served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1994, and Brian Greer of Lafayette served in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1987 to 1991.

The four of them on March 27 participated in a rally for the legalization of medical cannabis in Baton Rouge. "We are being the voice for many people who contact us," Landry said. "We aren't just advocating for veterans but for all people in Louisiana."


Medical cannabis in Louisiana faces uphill battle against strict regulations

Advocates are pushing to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions, which could make its marijuana industry more sustainable by expanding the pool of patients.

As Louisiana's medical marijuana program is slowly ramping up, dispensary owners are beginning to have doubts about whether their businesses can succeed in the face of the state's restrictive regulations.


Louisiana OKs medical marijuana for chronic pain, PTSD and more

Louisiana’s medical marijuana program is about to exponentially bigger, thanks to a House committee vote earlier this week.

By an 8-4 vote, the committee agreed to add four new qualifying conditions for patients: chronic pain, PTSD, glaucoma and muscle spasms.

In 2016, the state passed a law allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy.

By adding the four new ailments, it is expected the number of medical marijuana patients will skyrocket.

According to 2016 data, here are the top reasons registered patients give for cannabis treatment in all states that have programs:


This state will soon allow medical marijuana for autistic children

Medical marijuana for autistic children could soon be a reality for this southern state.

Wednesday marked the first step in getting Louisiana children living with autism access to medical marijuana. A committee of Louisiana lawmakers passed an expansion of state medical marijuana law that broadens who will have access to cannabis treatment.

This could mean that this state will soon allow medical marijuana for autistic children.

The Expanded Bill


Decision on New Orleans marijuana pharmacy permit postponed until April

The Louisiana Pharmacy Board postponed awarding a permit for a medical marijuana pharmacy to operate in the metro New Orleans area during its meeting Tuesday (March 27) in Baton Rouge. Instead, the board took all of the applications, including two that are seeking to open dispensaries in Metairie, under advisement until April 17.

The 17-member board, which state law mandated to oversee the permit process, has said it will issue operating permits to one pharmacy in each of the state's nine designated health care regions. A 10th permit will be issued as needed.


Medical marijuana pharmacies set to open throughout Louisiana, possibly within months

Local business people, doctors and pharmacists from throughout the state, many of whom have partnered with out-of-state marijuana industry consultants and experts, have lined up to get 10 exclusive medical marijuana pharmacy permits to be issued by the state's pharmacy board.

Pharmacies throughout Louisiana could open in the coming months if the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy hands out licenses at its upcoming March meeting.

A selection committee in January interviewed the applicants for each of the nine regions that will have a medical marijuana pharmacy, and ranked the applicants in all but two of those regions. The board is slated to hand out nine permits — one for each of the designated regions throughout Louisiana — plus a 10th later in a high-demand area.


Bill filed seeking to see marijuana legalized and taxed in Louisiana

Baton Rouge Representative Edmond Jordan is seeking to introduce a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and set up a way to tax the sale of cannabis. Jordan says this legislation could help with the state’s constant budget deficits.


This city just loosened penalties for marijuana charges

With action by the town council in Baton Rouge, this city just loosened penalties for marijuana charges. On  February 28, the East Baton Rouge Town Council voted to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession. The new provisions would go into effect 30 days after a signature from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Broome Responds To Measure


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