The Louisiana House has backed proposals to legalize and tax the uncooked, smokable type of medical marijuana, a key enlargement of the state’s medical program as lawmakers debate looser guidelines for the drug.
The House voted 73-26 Monday to approve Speaker Pro Tem Tanner Magee’s House Bill 391 to allow sufferers to purchase up to 71 grams – or 2.5 ounces – of uncooked marijuana each two weeks.
Currently, sufferers who get marijuana by way of the state’s medical program can solely entry a number of non-smokable types of the drug, together with tinctures and gummies. Magee’s bill would let the state’s two licensed producers – companions of the agricultural facilities at LSU and Southern University – promote the smokable type of the drug to the state’s 9 pharmacies licensed to promote marijuana to sufferers.
Magee, a Houma Republican, argued the laws will enhance entry to sufferers and get a less expensive product to the market. Producers have mentioned the uncooked kind is cheaper – even when it’s taxed, as Magee needs – than the tinctures, which should undergo extra processing.
He additionally famous Mississippi and Arkansas have each legalized the uncooked type of marijuana for medical use, and advised sufferers will drive to different states to get the drug if his bill doesn’t move. [Read more at The Advocate]