Medical marijuana could be available this summer in Louisiana

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 9:22 AM CST
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Dr. Richardson, LSU's Vice President of Agriculture, says GB Sciences is on track to submit its final suitability study to Louisiana State Police on Monday, January 21, 2019. Richardson says medical marijuana could be available to the public this summer.

“We’ve been working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Board of Pharmacy and medical examiners and making sure we’re all on the same page,” said Richardson.

Louisiana law allows medical marijuana for things such as cancer, AIDS, seizure disorders, epilepsy, and other conditions. GB Sciences will grow it. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will regulate it.

"I'm responsible to regulate to make sure they follow state law but also that that state product does not have any adulterants, pesticides to make sure that product is as safe as it can be,” said Dr. Mike Strain.

GB Sciences will harvest it and package it for the nine licensed pharmacies which were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. There will be one in West Monroe.

“We’re nervous cause we’re close, but we think things are going well,” said Richardson.

More information on medical marijuana in Louisiana can be found here: