Advocates push for medical marijuana to be available to patients in La. as soon as possible

Advocates push for medical marijuana to be available to patients in La. as soon as possible

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A number of advocates for medical marijuana celebrated Cannabis Day on Monday, April 22 by asking lawmakers to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

Advocates asking lawmakers for La. medical marijuana to be available as soon as possible

The groups’ leaders say they want medicine on the shelves as soon as possible for as many people as possible. Louisiana’s first medical marijuana product should be available in a dropper to just a few patients in May. The advocates spend the day providing information about marijuana’s effects and state law regarding cannabis. One group, Cannabis for Warriors, says the drug could change lives.

“It’s reducing the rate of suicides, it’s reducing the rate of overdose. That is an epidemic we must stop," said Izaak Thibadeaux, founder of Cannabis for Warriors.

Lawmakers will debate around 20 marijuana bills this session, including some that would legalize smoking the plant for recreational use.

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