DSPD uncovers pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars during traffic stop


A late night traffic stop by the Denham Springs Police Department led to the seizure of 5.35 pounds of marijuana and more.

A little before 10:30 p.m., on Tuesday, January 18, officers stopped an SUV. Along with marijuana, officers found a “‘dab’ pen, two THC Cartridges and $4,060,” according to the Denham Springs Police Department.

DSPD apprehended the driver who now faces these charges: (create list below)

  • Possession with the intent to distribute sch.1 drugs
  • License plate light required

Democratic Senate candidate smokes marijuana in new ad highlighting disparity and reform

Gary Chambers

Gary Chambers is running for a Senate seat in Louisiana.

Progressive activist and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers Jr. smokes marijuana in a field in New Orleans while talking about marijuana reform in his first campaign ad.

On Jan. 1, smokeable medical marijuana became legal in Louisiana under certain conditions. But the use of cannabis has been a question asked of politicians for decades.


Amid growing pains for Louisiana medical marijuana, advocates look to open up the market

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For a moment, newly available medical marijuana flower was a hot commodity in Louisiana, drawing thousands of new patients and huge lines to the state’s nine authorized pharmacies. Then it was gone.

Pharmacies across the state reported supply disruptions less than two weeks after flower became available at the start of 2022. And patients have complained of high costs, long waits and caps on the amount they can buy.

Industry leaders say things will get better with time, as more supply becomes available and patient demand stabilizes. Despite shortages this week, a new batch is expected to hit the shelves soon after product cleared state testing Friday.


Medicinal marijuana patients upset with current prices

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Lafayette - It’s been a few years since the first medicinal marijuana products became available to patients in Louisiana and earlier this month the raw smokeable form was added to the list of available options.

But medicinal marijuana patients in the state are concerned about the pricing.

One of the biggest advocates of medicinal marijuana, senator and pharmacist Fred Mills said he hopes as time goes on prices will go down.

"My hope is that more production takes place, more consumption takes place, and then it’ll be volume-driven," he said.

Before HB391 was passed last summer by governor John Bel Edwards, the only options for medicinal marijuana patients were products like gummies, oils and tinctures.


Should Louisiana break up medical marijuana monopolies to lower prices?

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When Louisiana's first legal smokable medical marijuana was made available on Jan. 1, patients like Corbet King of Wisner were excited about the product that they believed would be a more affordable option than tinctures, oils and edibles.

After all, affordability was one of the key selling points when the Legislature passed a bill last year to add the plant's unprocessed flower to the products that Louisiana's two legal growers and nine regional pharmacies could offer to patients.

But when King and other patients arrived at their pharmacies they were surprised to find the flower product in some cases was just as costly or even more expensive, depending on the pharmacy.


Firefighter tested positive for marijuana after deadly fire truck crash, charged with vehicular homicide


A firefighter was arrested after a fire engine struck two vehicles on a highway in Livingston Parish, leaving an elderly woman dead. The Denham Springs Police Department confirmed Thursday that Cody Kahl, 24, was arrested for the deadly crash, which happened June 13 on Pete's Highway. Investigators said Kahl was driving the fire engine behind a pickup truck towing a trailer and failed to slow down as traffic was coming to a stop. The truck rear-ended the corner of the trailer and then crossed into the opposite lane, striking another vehicle head-on. The driver of the vehicle hit head-on, 83-year-old Gail Rippel, died in the hospital shortly after the crash.

An arrest warrant said bloodwork showed Kahl had marijuana in his system at the time of the wreck.


Waitr: Marijuana delivery plan moves forward, rebranding as ASAP

food delivery

Lafayette-based food and grocery delivery app Waitr may soon become "ASAP," as the company completes its rebrand. The company is required to change its name as the result of a legal settlement, and the company is planning to become known as ASAP, which it said better represents the company's attempts to diversify its services. Waitr also announced it is moving ahead with its plans to begin delivering legal cannabis, agreeing to purchase an inventory and compliance software that serves dispensaries.

Waitr announced on Friday that it signed a letter of intent to buy Cova, a software that helps streamline cannabis sales for dispensaries. According to a press release, the sale would be for $90 million.


Medical marijuana grower widens operation to north Louisiana

 Louisiana’s largest medical marijuana producer is adding a new growing operation in a Ruston warehouse to ready for the expansion of cannabis products in January.

Good Day Farm is the medical marijuana grower licensed by Louisiana State University.

Company President John Davis told The News-Star he expects to begin moving plants from Baton Rouge into the warehouse this month after the facility gets the green light from regulators.

The company is positioning itself to meet what is expected to be a growing demand for medical marijuana in January, when a new law allows the program to sell raw, smokable cannabis to patients.


Louisiana approves smokable marijuana for medical program

Medical marijuana patients in Louisiana will now be able to buy the smokable flower form of the drug under a new state law.

Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed House Bill 391. It passed the state House of Representatives, 75-18, earlier this month and was approved, 23-14, by the state Senate in late May.

The measure allows approved patients to buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana leaf every two weeks from one of the state’s nine medical marijuana pharmacies. Previously, patients could only get non-smokable forms of the drug, such as gummies, ointments and inhalers.


Louisiana: Governor Signs Bill into Law Repealing Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) has signed legislation into law, House Bill 391, repealing the state’s ban on herbal cannabis for medically authorized patients.


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