Louisiana House backs expansion of medical marijuana program

April 12, 2018 - 9:11 pm

(WWL.com) - Individuals suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, chronic pain, severe muscle spasms and P-T-S-D would be able to receive a prescription for medical marijuana under legislation that was approved by the full House. The bill is sponsored by Baton Rouge Representative Ted James.

“This quite frankly is a huge step in us being able to prolong life for some people… make life more enjoyable,” said James.

The measure still needs Senate approval. Leesville Representative James Armes says he hosted 17 wounded vets at Fort Polk recently and they said medical marijuana would be beneficial for the issues they face each day.

“The veterans, plus the wounded warriors, that are coming back from overseas, that are hurt or in pain… they would like to see this bill passed,” said Armes.

In 2016, the state legislature set up the framework for the legal dispensing of medical marijuana and 10 different conditions would be eligible for a prescription. James’ bill will add to that list and he hopes it will result in more people using medical pot, instead of pain killers.

“We are experiencing a number of deaths due to the Opioid crisis, and I think that to address the Opioid crisis this is another instrument that will allow us to move in the right direction,” said James.
Its expected medical marijuana will be available to Louisiana patients later this year.


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