Louisiana Senate Passes Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 14, 2018) – Last Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate passed three bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state. Final 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 who exibit certain symptoms.

“The anecdotal evidence is wonderful and substantial and gives us all hope,” Katelyn Castleberry, a Louisiana resident with sons who suffer from autism, told 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 suffering from glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. It was approved with slight technical amendments.

“This will help address a growing opioid crisis, prolong like, make life more enjoyable for some people and save some lives,” James said.

Rep. Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette) introduced House Bill 823 (HB823

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