Individuals suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, chronic
pain, severe muscle spasms and P-T-S-D would be able to receive a prescription
for medical marijuana under legislation that was approved by the full House.
The bill is sponsored by Baton Rouge Representative Ted James.
“This quite frankly is a huge step in us being able to prolong
life for some people… make life more enjoyable,” said James.
The measure still
needs Senate approval. Leesville Representative James Armes says he hosted 17
wounded vets at Fort Polk recently and they said medical marijuana would be
beneficial for the issues they face each day.
“The veterans, plus the wounded warriors, that are coming
back from overseas, that are hurt or in pain… they would like to see this bill
passed,” said Armes.
In 2016, the state legislature set up the framework for the
legal dispensing of medical marijuana and 10 different conditions would be
eligible for a prescription. James’ bill
will add to that list and he hopes it will result in more people using medical
pot, instead of pain killers.
“We are experiencing a number of deaths due to the Opioid
crisis, and I think that to address the Opioid crisis this is another
instrument that will allow us to move in the right direction,” said James.
Its expected medical marijuana will be available to
Louisiana patients later this year.