In 2015, Louisiana lawmakers legalized medical marijuana. It took 4 years, however gross sales are lastly set to start this week after the Division of Agriculture cleared the primary product for launch.
Louisiana’s medical program is restricted. Louisiana has licensed solely two cultivators—the Louisiana State College and Southern College agricultural facilities. The Southern College grower, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, solely planted its crop two weeks in the past, and thus is not going to have any product accessible till the autumn. So it’s only LSU’s grower, GB Sciences, that’s offering product to the 9 pharmacies licensed to dispense. Louisiana has additionally licensed solely 88 medical doctors to prescribe/suggest medical marijuana.
The truth that medical marijuana is out there in Louisiana in any respect reveals how far marijuana legalization advocates have come, however the critical restrictions on this system present there’s a lengthy technique to go. In different states, together with Illinois, a sturdy medical marijuana program each elevated public acceptance of marijuana and supplied a vital base of infrastructure for the opening of a leisure market. In Louisiana, even when the medical program is profitable and assist grows for leisure legalization, the infrastructure merely is not going to be there for a fast transition. In different phrases, it should probably nonetheless be some time earlier than leisure marijuana is added to the choices up and down Bourbon Avenue.
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