Louisiana Committees Pass Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 4, 2018) – On Wednesday, three bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state were approved in their Senate committees. Passage of these bills would further nullify federal drug laws in the Pelican State.

Rep. Rodney Lyons (D-Harvey) introduced House Bill 627 (HB627) with 27 bipartisan co-sponsors to expand access to medical marijuana to individuals suffering from autism if they exhibit the following symptoms:

(aa) Repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized.
(bb) Avoidance of others or inability to communicate of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized.
(cc) Self-injuring behavior.
(dd) Physically aggressive or destructive behavior.

“The anecdotal evidence is wonderful and substantial and gives us all hope,” Katelyn Castleberry, a Louisiana resident with sons who suffer from autism, said to WDSU 6 News. “There are children who speak after being on medical cannabis. There are children whose nervous system settle down and their entire system is improved.”

Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) introduced House Bill 579 (HB579) to expand access to medical marijuana to individuals …

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