Louisiana: Access to medical marijuana likely to become a reality

Access to medical marijuana may soon become a reality in the Louisiana.

The State House of Representatives approved the Senate Bill 143 with a 70-29 vote Thursday. The bill will now head to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. Jindal has said he plans to sign it into law.

The law would allow The Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue a special license for the production of medical marijuana at one geographic location. Patients with  cancer, glaucoma and severe cerebral palsy are eligible for the prescription.

The debate on the House floor lasted nearly five hours and got a little heated as state Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, took the stage.

"It is sending a message to our children that marijuana is not dangerous," Mack said. "It is dangerous."

State Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, asked Mack if he thought marijuana was addictive.

"Yes, I do think it is...

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