Major Medical Marijuana Expansion Clears Louisiana Senate

The bill names nine new medical conditions that would become eligible

A bill expanding Louisiana’s medical marijuana program won passage in the Senate Wednesday, clearing the way for final passage. 

House Bill 819 by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, would allow any condition to be treated with medical marijuana and any doctor in good standing to recommend it.

The bill would remove the current restriction requiring physicians to go through an extra step to get specific approval to recommend marijuana.

Doctors can’t officially “prescribe” the medicine, but the recommendation acts as a prescription.

“(Medical marijuana) is already law,” Bagley said during committee debate. “This just provides better access.”

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