Medical marijuana bill stalls in Louisiana Legislature, but others remain alive

BATON ROUGE -- State Rep. Ted James said the state needs to go further and faster in making medical marijuana available to sick Louisianans who are in need of the treatment.

On Wednesday he pitched his bill to the House Health and Welfare Committee, which would have expanded the ways it can be consumed, the diagnoses that are eligible for treatment and the number of growers.

But after more than an hour of emotional testimony from members of the public, coupled with pointed questions from skeptical lawmakers, James, D-Baton Rouge, decided to table his House Bill 1112. Across the Capitol on the Senate side, Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, has a similar bill that's advancing.

Mills' bill, Senate Bill 271, is more tightly constructed than James' version, allowing for less conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana. But it's already cleared the Senate and is on

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