Louisiana may become the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana

Late Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow for the legalization of medical marijuana in that state, and the signs are that Republican Governor Bobby Jindal will sign it.

“Our view on medical marijuana was it had to be supervised and had to be a legitimate medical purpose and this bill meets that criteria,” the governor said while the bill and its amendments were being debated in late May.

If Jindal does indeed sign the bill, he will make Louisiana the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, and he will be the first governor in the South to make the bold move.

There is, of course, one slight catch in the law. Provisions included in the law require patients to obtain a prescription for the marijuana, as opposed to other laws in other states that only require the recommendation of...

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