Who will grow, refine medical marijuana? Experts say state's new law puts LSU, Southern in grey ...

The LSU and Southern University Agricultural Centers have been granted first crack at being the sole growers and producers of medical marijuana in Louisiana.

Under a new law the Legislature approved earlier this year, the AgCenters were granted the first right of refusal to hold a state-sanctioned monopoly on production of legal medical marijuana. The monopoly would go by public bid to a single provider if the universities refuse.

Designating the two facilities makes some sense. Who better than the two centers to research a new Louisiana crop, select the best varieties for the state’s soils and climate, and figure out the best methods to extract the components of cannabis thought to be beneficial?

But drug policy experts, advocates, university marijuana researchers and those who track the states’ marijuana legalization efforts say having public universities grow and refine marijuana for commercial medical use to the extent Louisiana’s new...

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