Louisiana’s Southern University plants first medical cannabis seeds

The first seeds of Southern University’s future medical cannabis crop have been planted, while Louisiana State University’s product is approaching prime time.

Louisiana State University and Southern University are the only institutions in the state permitted to grow medical cannabis. Both have teamed up with commercial partners in their cannabis ventures; GB Sciences in the case of LSU and Ilera Holistic Healthcare with Southern University.


Louisiana Governor signs Herbal Cannabis Access Bill

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation into law permitting licensed dispensaries to provide herbal formulations of cannabis to qualified patients.

House Bill 358 permits patients to obtain “medical marijuana in a form to be administered in a metered-dose inhaler.” The new law takes effect on August 1, 2019.


Experts skeptical of Louisiana woman’s deadly weed overdose

A Louisiana woman appears to be the first person on record whose death has been ruled a marijuana overdose — but some medical experts are skeptical that was the true cause.

The 39-year-old woman was found slumped on her couch dead in her La Place apartment in February, but an autopsy found she had healthy organs, no illnesses, and no elevated traces of alcohol or other drugs in her body — but high levels of THC, the active ingredient in pot.


Medical marijuana inhalation Bill revived, passed by Louisiana Senate

Louisiana senators have revived a proposal to let Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis, only two days after rejecting the idea.

The House overwhelmingly agreed to the inhalation proposal by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Ted James, which would let therapeutic cannabis patients use an inhaler, like asthma patients use.

Baton Rouge Republican Sen. Dan Claitor and other senators Saturday objected to widening the delivery methods beyond current law and shelved the bill.


‘False positives’ drug testing scandal emerges in New Orleans

By the standards of the rest of Louisiana, New Orleans is a fairly liberal place. But judges in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court may be punishing people — with fines, increased bonds or even jail time — based on a flawed drug testing program, according to a new report by a local watchdog group.


Southern Lawmakers still seem apprehensive about marijuana

When searching for some of the most depraved parts of the United States, all one has to do is head south. This friendly area may give off the vibe as being a Bible-thumping cult of Jesus Crispies, a place that, for better or worse, is built on strict moral fiber and family traditions – and it might just be.

But it is also where the Devil lives.

Anyone who has ever spent time in New Orleans can attest to this. It’s where the bars seldom close and drugs, well, everything from cocaine to heroin is readily available on the streets. It’s no wonder why this is where you’ll find some of the highest addiction rates in the country.


Did a Louisiana women actually die from a cannabis overdose?

A Louisiana coroner recently claimed that a 38-year-old women is the first ever person to have died from a marijuana overdose, but experts aren't so sure, writes Calvin Hughes.


Louisiana House approves Hemp Legislation — But does it go far enough?

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill to make hemp cultivation legal on Wednesday — but advocates continue to point out that the legislation does not go far enough to provide clarity in the state’s legal system. Given recent law enforcement policing of CBD distributors, that’s a major issue.


Louisiana bills seek to legalize marijuana

More than a dozen bills related to marijuana have been filed by Louisiana legislators for this year’s session, including three that would take different paths to full legalization.

House Bill 462 by Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport, calls for a state constitutional amendment that would allow local governing authorities to hold elections to decide whether sale, possession, distribution and use of marijuana would be permitted in their jurisdictions. Constitutional amendments require approval of two-thirds of the members of the state House and Senate and a majority of voters.


Advocates want medical marijuana available in Louisiana by May 15

Increasingly frustrated with delays in access to medical marijuana, patient advocates and dispensary owners pressed state regulators to have product available in Louisiana by May 15.

Doug Boudreaux, the licensed co-owner of Hope Pharmacy, a dispensary serving Northwest Louisiana, said he has 180 hospice patients waiting to be able to buy medical marijuana. His dispensary is located across the street from a cancer center, he said Monday (March 25).

“We are under terrible pressure to help our patients,” Boudreaux said.


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