BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana program should be in its toddler levels, but it surely made progress Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 when uncooked smokable marijuana was added to the checklist of merchandise out there for sufferers.
Not like different states with medical marijuana applications, Louisiana sufferers received’t be required to hold round a medical card. As a substitute, they are going to merely simply want a advice from any Louisiana physician for the drugs and may choose it up at any of the 9 dispensaries throughout the state.
“As a result of it’s nonetheless a schedule 1 drug, it may’t undergo an everyday pharmacy. When the federal authorities adjustments that, then we will change the way in which this works,” stated Rep. Joseph Marino, of Gretna, who chairs the state’s Medical Marijuana Fee.
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And with the brand new legislation, comes new procedures for police in relation to visitors stops with weed within the automobile.
“People who’ve the medical marijuana, as I used to be instructed, they must have their medical marijuana within the vile with their identify on there. They must have their identification and the vile. And once we know that it’s medical marijuana, then we proceed with out forwarding any expenses on that individual individual,” stated L’Jean Mckneely with Baton Rouge Police Division.
Louisiana has two growers that present the entire product for every dispensary. Considered one of them stated they’ve sufficient inexperienced to satisfy the demand.
“They’re stocked up proper now and there’s extra flower within the division of agriculture and forestry’s testing pipeline that will probably be out there anticipating mid-January,” stated John Davis with Good Day Farm Louisiana.
Davis stated proper now, there are solely two strains out there to select from, however he additionally has a genetics library with over 150 distinctive and uncommon strains they’re engaged on.
“So over time, we’re going to be releasing extra strains to the market in order that sufferers can have an ever-increasing pressure choice,” defined Davis.
Uncooked marijuana is ready to value considerably lower than the tinctures and oils that had been beforehand the one choices, making it extra accessible for the sufferers who want it most.
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