Louisiana

Mon
16
May

What counts as 'medical marijuana' varies from state to state – and that's a problem

On April 17, Pennsylvania became the latest state to pass medical marijuana legislation, which will take effect this month. And recently Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a plan to permit medical marijuana in the state.

Thu
12
May

Louisiana House passes sweeping medical marijuana legislation

Medical marijuana advocates won a significant victory Wednesday in their efforts to jumpstart Louisiana's medical marijuana program.

The House voted 62-31 to expand the program to cover more diseases and to make regulatory changes aimed at getting medicinal-grade pot into patients' hands more quickly.

Wed
11
May

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Ad Campaign Launched Ahead of Vote

A group that advocates for medical marijuana is ratcheting up pressure on Louisiana lawmakers by paying for billboards depicting sick children and their mothers who want the state to pass legislation that would allow access to the drug.

Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana, a nonprofit group that was behind a medical marijuana bill filed by state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, is planning a news conference Tuesday (May 10) to announce the billboards. Each ad will appear on digital billboards, one of them in Baton Rouge and the other in Shreveport.

Thu
28
Apr

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.

Thu
14
Apr

Louisiana: Medical marijuana changes hinge on language for prescriptions

Changing Louisiana's policies on medical marijuana legislation this session may hinge on the difference between prescribing the drug and recommending it as a way of getting it into the patients.

Early indications emerging from a medical marijuana bill debate Tuesday (April 12) were that the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association are poised to oppose bills that change the word "prescription" to "recommendation." The switch is aimed at protecting doctors, who risk losing their Drug Enforcement Agency license for prescribing a Schedule I drug.

Mon
28
Mar

New Orleans Decriminalizes Marijuana

Mardi Gras will never be the same again.

Under current law in New Orleans, if you've never been busted with pot before, police can use their discretion on whether or not to take you to jail or issue a summons.

But, if you're a repeat offender it's handcuffs and lock up for you.

Beginning  June 21, all of this will change as the penalty for being caught with bud in the Big Easy has greatly diminished.

Fri
25
Mar

Want To Open A Medical Marijuana Pharmacy In Louisiana? Here's What It Will Cost

People who want to get into the medical marijuana business in Louisiana are going to need to pay a $5,000 application fee in addition to a $150 licensing fee if they want to become one of 10 marijuana pharmacists in the state. The $5,000 application fee will be non-refundable, and will only be applied to marijuana pharmacies, not regular drug stores.

Fri
11
Mar

Legalizing Marijuana Is Louisiana's Best Chance to Solve Its Incarceration, Health, and Economic Problems

Louisiana is in quite a predicament: It’s broke, really broke.

Wed
02
Mar

Will Louisiana Be the First Southern State to Legalize Weed?

Notorious for its strict marijuana laws, Louisiana is looking at legalized weed as a way to get out of debt. What will happen to its prisoners?

One of the harshest states on pot offenders is reportedly exploring the idea of a recreational marijuana program. Saddled with $850 million in state debts, experts say Louisiana’s move is less motivated by safety as it is by money.

Wed
17
Feb

Louisiana community members hosting open forum to discuss legalizing marijuana

A group of community members are hosting an open forum to hear your opinions and concerns on the legalization of cannabis in the state of Louisiana.

They’re hoping to spark the interest of many to move the topic forward in a statewide vote.

The use of medical marijuana is currently legal in both Louisiana and Texas. However, some Texans want to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

Dominick Cappozi represents ‘Legalize Louisiana’ and will be speaking at a forum today to discuss the legalization of cannabis.

“If Texas gets recreational use we’re losing out on untold millions of revenue. We have been for months and months alone,” said Cappozi.

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