BATON ROUGE, La. (Jun. 13, 2018) – Earlier this month, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law that expand the state’s medical marijuana program. This will further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in the Pelican State.
Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) sponsored House Bill 579 (HB579). The new law expands access to medical marijuana to individuals suffering from glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rep. Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette) sponsored House Bill 823 (HB823). The new law will prevent the state’s medical marijuana program from expiring in 2020, as called for under the law as originally written.
“This will help address a growing opioid crisis, prolong life, make life more enjoyable for some people and save some lives,” Rep. James said.
HB579 passed the House on Apr. 12 by a 60-40 vote and then passed the Senate by a 21-13 vote on May 9. HB823 was approved by the House in a 69-26 vote on Apr. 18 and then passed the Senate by a 25-9 vote on May 9. With Gov. Edwards signature on June 1, the laws will go into effect Aug. 1, 2018.
Despite the federal …
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