Thousands get medical pot in first week it's available in Louisiana

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 14, 2019 - 6:25 am

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It’s been a week since medical marijuana became available to patients in Louisiana, and grower GB Sciences says about 10,000 vials of the treatment have been sent out to select pharmacies.

GB President John Davis says all nine of the state’s medical marijuana pharmacies have received product, and the pharmacies are reporting few hiccups, and steady demand.

“It’s going very well due in part to a lot of outreach by the pharmacies. We are really increasing awareness in the medical community.”

GB is partnered with the LSU AgCenter in growing the plants that are turned into the non-psychoactive treatment.

We don’t know exactly how many people have participated in the program so far due to doctor-patient confidentially, but Davis says they estimate it’s between 5,000-10,000 residents.

“It’s all been very positive and heartwarming, and the testimonials are very moving. When patients say it works, it really works, that really strikes at our mission.”

Each vial purchased by a patient with an authorized prescription runs about 80-200 dollars.

Davis says with a seamless rollout behind them, they’re looking forward to offering oral strips by September/October, creams by later this year, and inhalable product by the first quarter of next year.

“There are always things like that that we are working through, making the delivery system more smooth, educating more doctors, we are constantly working on those tweaks.”

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