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Louisiana Legalizes Limited Use of Medical Marijuana

The Bayou State legislature approved a new law that allows the use of CBD for a number of conditions. NO smoking or THC are allowed. The bill was signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards on May 19, 2016. 

Louisiana is the 25th state to legalize medical cannabis.

SB 271 replaced language in previous legislation that required physicians to prescribe cannabis, which is against federal law, rather than recommend it. 

Louisiana is now amontg the 17 CBD oil-only states), and the first in the South.

The acceptable conditions are cancer/chemotherapy, cachexia (wasting syndrome), Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, seizure disorders, spastic quadriplegia, severe spasms and spasticity. For some reason, glaucoma was removed form the original list of conditions passed in 2015. 

The law calls for a single cultivator for the entire state and 10 dispensaries. LSU and Southern AgCenters will have the chance to supervision culitvation. If both turn it down, the cultivation operation will be open to public bids. Stores won't open until 2018.

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