Bobby Jindal Agrees To Let Medical Marijuana Reach Patients In Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a law to provide access to medical marijuana on Monday, nearly a quarter-century after his state had legalized cannabis use by chronically ill people.

Though Louisiana signed off on medical marijuana in 1991, it has remained unavailable because the state legislature didn't create a system to legally grow and distribute the drug. The new law fills that significant gap.

Louisiana becomes the first Southern state to make marijuana available to its residents for medical use. It joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is already legal and accessible.


Also on Monday, Jindal signed a law reducing penalties for marijuana possession. The law downgrades second-time pot possession from a felony to a misdemeanor and allows first-time offenders to erase their conviction after two years if they do not possess marijuana again.

Jindal did not issue a press release after...

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