Medical marijuana likely delayed until January/February
Posted on 10/29/2018 1:12:00 PM.

Medical Marijuana in Louisiana has been pushed back from the distributors hoped for launch date of late this year, to early next year as the grower, GB Sciences, its partner, LSU, and the Ag Department iron out the last regulatory details. New Iberia Senator Fred Mills says the next step is in mid-November, where…
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Officials looking for independent lab to test legally grown medical marijuana
Posted on 10/22/2018 3:00:00 AM.

The hope was that medical marijuana would be available to patients in Louisiana this year, but the inability to find an independent lab to test the product is holding up the process. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the grower, G-B Sciences, has harvested the first crop.  

“Basically, we allowed them to get started so they could get their equipment in place,” said Strain. 

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Cap on medical marijuana patients lifted
Posted on 9/17/2018 5:15:00 PM.

The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners is lifting the cap on how many medical marijuana patients a doctor can treat. Previously doctors were limited to 100 patients a year. Medical Marijuana expert and prescriber Dr. Victor Chou, one of only three or four dozen in the state, says this will dramatically increase access to the treatment for those who are eligible.
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First Medical Marijuana in Louisiana to be Planted Friday
Posted on 8/16/2018 3:42:00 PM.

The first medical pot is on track to be planted Friday after a successful meeting between the Ag Department, the LSU Ag Center, and GB Sciences, gave the green light for GB to start the process of growing the medicinal marijuana. It’s a temporary go ahead for GB, who provides the plants for LSU. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says they had to survey the facility before giving the thumbs up.
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Additional diseases eligible for medical marijuana with the governor's signature
Posted on 6/5/2018 1:00:00 AM.

More Louisiana residents will have the ability to treat ailments with medical marijuana once it becomes available later this year. The bill had bipartisan support in what was an otherwise contentious regular session.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill which was authored by Baton Rouge Representative Ted James.
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Annual Marijuana Business conference beings in New Orleans
Posted on 5/8/2018 5:01:00 AM.

It is high times in New Orleans this week as the annual MJBiz conference kicks off today. 70 experts and 275 companies will be represented in the marijuana industry conference that’s in its 7th year. Cassandra Farrington is the CEO of Marijuana biznews daily which reports on the cannabis industry. She says these conventions are fostering the boom that is the weed industry.


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Medical marijuana bills to treat autism, PTSD, & other conditions near passage
Posted on 5/3/2018 5:05:00 AM.
Two bills that would expand access to medical marijuana are close to being put into law after moving through the full House, and now being passed by a Senate committee. One bill would allow some children with autism, if prescribed, access to the treatment. The bill’s sponsor, Harvey Representative Rodney Lyons, says he was moved by an appeal from his constituents.
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Legislative session at mid-point but state budget woes continue
Posted on 4/24/2018 1:19:00 PM.
The regular legislative session is at the halfway point, with issues like TOPS reform, gun control, and gambling expansion mostly dead, while new sexual harassment policies, tougher hazing laws, and medical marijuana expansions have received broad support. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the session has been bogged down by one issue
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House passes medical marijuana bill
Posted on 4/12/2018 5:24:00 PM.
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.

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House panel approves bill to expand Medical marijuana use
Posted on 4/5/2018 1:13:00 PM.

A bill that expands illnesses that medical marijuana can be prescribed for clears a House Committee. Representative Ted James bill adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, muscle spasms, and intractable pain to diagnoses that physicians will be able to prescribe medical marijuana for when it becomes available in Louisiana.
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