Now in Effect: Louisiana Laws Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (Aug. 1, 2018) – Today, two laws that expand the state’s medical marijuana program and further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in the Pelican State went into effect.

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 prevents the state’s medical marijuana program from expiring in 2020, as called for under the law as it was 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 by a 69-26 vote on Apr. 18 and then passed the Senate by a 25-9 vote on May 9.

After Gov. Edwards signed these bills on June 1, HB579 and HB823 are officially binding in the Louisiana state code as of Aug. 1, 2018. Despite …

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