Louisiana to expand medical marijuana coverage launching this summer

The Louisiana Senate has voted to expand the list of conditions that qualify a patient to use medicinal cannabis. The state’s new medical marijuana program will be launching this summer. The Senate passed two measures adding additional serious medical conditions that qualify a patient for the program on Wednesday.

The first, House Bill 579, passed in the Senate by a margin of 25-9. It adds glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Parkinson’s disease to the list of qualifying conditions.


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

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.


Medical marijuana bills clear another hurdle, head to the Senate

A group of Louisiana parents of children with severe autism had cause for celebration Wednesday (May 2) as a bill (HB 627) that expands medical marijuana as a treatment option for the condition cleared another hurdle through the legislature.


As medical marijuana program moves forward, Louisiana doctors 'gun shy' about recommending drug

Only a handful of doctors have become licensed to recommend medical marijuana to patients in Louisiana, raising concerns of a “bottleneck” when the drug becomes available in the coming months.

The 15 doctors who have applied for licenses in the state are shrugging off a lingering stigma associated with recommending marijuana, physicians say, especially in a conservative state that only recently authorized a narrowly tailored, highly restrictive program. As of Friday, 15 doctors had applied for the license, with 10 of them now holding active licenses, according to Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners figures.


Medical marijuana in Louisiana could be ready by fall 2018

Medical marijuana products could be available to Louisiana patients as early as September — 40 years after state lawmakers first approved marijuana for medical use.

Officials from Louisiana State University and Southern University — the stewards of the state crops to be processed into marijuana-based medicines — presented rough timelines and budgets to the joint House and Senate agriculture committee April 18, the same week the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy awarded competitive, potentially lucrative licenses to nine medical marijuana pharmacies that will cover the entire state.


New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary

After Louisiana’s Pharmacy Board rejected its own subcommittee’s recommendation, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

The Big Easy is about to pass a major milestone in the ongoing expansion of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. Thanks to a come from behind victory from the second-generation owner of a father-son pharmacy that’s been in business since the sixties, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

Louisiana awards dispensary permit to New Orleans pharmacist with roots in the community


Louisiana veterans advocate for medical cannabis

Four veterans representing countless others have been sticking their necks out to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis in Louisiana.

Bud Clark of Longville served in the US Navy from 1972 to 1975, Paul Bonial of Alexandria served in the Louisiana Army National Guard and then the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1992, Tony Landry of Jennings served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1994, and Brian Greer of Lafayette served in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1987 to 1991.

The four of them on March 27 participated in a rally for the legalization of medical cannabis in Baton Rouge. "We are being the voice for many people who contact us," Landry said. "We aren't just advocating for veterans but for all people in Louisiana."


Medical cannabis in Louisiana faces uphill battle against strict regulations

Advocates are pushing to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions, which could make its marijuana industry more sustainable by expanding the pool of patients.

As Louisiana's medical marijuana program is slowly ramping up, dispensary owners are beginning to have doubts about whether their businesses can succeed in the face of the state's restrictive regulations.


Louisiana OKs medical marijuana for chronic pain, PTSD and more

Louisiana’s medical marijuana program is about to exponentially bigger, thanks to a House committee vote earlier this week.

By an 8-4 vote, the committee agreed to add four new qualifying conditions for patients: chronic pain, PTSD, glaucoma and muscle spasms.

In 2016, the state passed a law allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy.

By adding the four new ailments, it is expected the number of medical marijuana patients will skyrocket.

According to 2016 data, here are the top reasons registered patients give for cannabis treatment in all states that have programs:


This state will soon allow medical marijuana for autistic children

Medical marijuana for autistic children could soon be a reality for this southern state.

Wednesday marked the first step in getting Louisiana children living with autism access to medical marijuana. A committee of Louisiana lawmakers passed an expansion of state medical marijuana law that broadens who will have access to cannabis treatment.

This could mean that this state will soon allow medical marijuana for autistic children.

The Expanded Bill


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