Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting

August 06, 2019 - 1:55 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis.

GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, will begin shipping out the product to Louisiana's registered dispensaries Tuesday morning. Several of the state's nine medical marijuana pharmacies expect to open the same day. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form.

Randy Mire is owner of Capitol Wellness Solutions medical marijuana pharmacy in Baton Rouge. He says two cancer patients and a veteran with PTSD will be his first customers Tuesday.

Patients have been waiting years for medical marijuana through regulatory disagreements and other hurdles after lawmakers created the dispensing framework in 2015. The first medical marijuana product available will be liquid tinctures, bottles that come with a dropper to use.

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