BATON ROUGE, La. (Apr. 19, 2018) – Yesterday, the Louisiana House passed a bill that would make the state’s medical marijuana program permanent. Final passage into law would take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect.
Rep. Tanner Magee (R-Houma) introduced House Bill 823 (HB823) on April 3. Under current law, the state’s medical marijuana program terminates Jan. 1, 2020. HB823 would repeal that provision and make medical marijuana permanently legal in Louisiana.
The House Committee on Health and Welfare approved the measure 9-0 last week. And yesterday, the full House passed it by a vote of 69-26.
Louisiana legalized medical marijuana in 2015, but the law was poorly written and did not result in any kind of actual medical marijuana program. In 2016, the state implemented a new law that made an important change in the wording of the statute. By allowing doctors to “recommend” medical marijuana to eligible patients instead of “prescribing” the drug, some patients were finally able to get access to medicinal cannabis.
HB823 is one of three bills moving through the legislature this year to expand the medical marijuana program.
Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such …
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