New bill would make more people eligible for medical marijuana in Louisiana

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A push to make medical marijuana available to even more people is heading to the state senate.

Lobbyists like Tim Hitt have been pushing to make medical marijuana legal for years. Now that it is, he wants to make it available to even more people in Louisiana. "It'll be adding chronic pain, PTSD, muscle spasms, Parkinson’s, and glaucoma," he says about the new bill.

He says about 70 percent of medical marijuana users in the country suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic pain, which is why he thinks state lawmakers need to add those conditions to the list. "For the state not to include those, it would be doing a huge disservice to people that have those conditions, like our veterans," Hitt says.

It's something Paul Fontenot sees every day. He works at the Department of Veterans Affairs and believes medical marijuana could help some of them before things get worse. "It causes other conditions like depression or anxiety,” he says. “It might take people away from abusing alcohol because they have an outlet."

Because he says lots of veterans don't know how to cope with PTSD and the trauma of war. "Seeing somebody blown apart or shot up is not something that a young person is prepared for," Fontenot says.

That's why Hitt wants to help people, like veterans, to find legal access to safer medicine. "It doesn't have the addictive properties as some of the opiates that we encounter, like some of the very common the painkillers," Hitt says. The LSU Ag Center says it hopes to have medical marijuana available by September.

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