Louisiana House approves marijuana use for medical purposes

The state House on Thursday approved legislation that would clear the path for medical marijuana use in Louisiana.

The House voted 70-29 for the Senate-passed measures that is now nearing the final hurdle before becoming law. It returns to the Senate for approval of House changes.

One of the amendments was to name the proposed law after the late Alison Neustrom, who testified for the bill last year saying people like her needed help in battling cancer.

Neustrom’s father, Mike, is Lafayette Parish sheriff. The state’s sheriffs association opposed the bill last year. This year they helped tighten the wording to address law enforcement objections.

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association opposes the legislation.

“It’s about easing the pain of those suffering from cancer ... other diseases, like cerebral palsy,” state Rep. Helena Moreno said.

“The way this bill is written, it’s a safe, secure and reasonable way to dispense medical...

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