Like New York and Minnesota, Louisiana now has a medical marijuana law that bans smoking. It only allows for the use of cannabis oil for a number of conditions. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law May 19.
SB 271 replaces language in previous legislation that required physicians to prescribe cannabis, which is against federal law, rather than recommend it.
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.