Louisiana’s first medical marijuana patient checks out in Baton Rouge

Updated: Aug. 6, 2019 at 7:31 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - For the first time, Louisiana’s sickest patients are using medical marijuana to treat their symptoms without fear of prosecution.

The state’s first medical marijuana patient, Alex Domino, 70, a cancer patient, checked out at Capitol Wellness pharmacy in Baton Rouge just before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

“I have no expectations,” Domino said. “All I want to do is get better. My main goal is not to focus on what happens next, but just let it happen."

Nine pharmacies across the state are licensed to sell the product. Special delivery services picked up the product from GB Sciences, the state’s grower partnered with LSU, Tuesday morning. More than 120 doctors have signed on to issue medical marijuana orders.

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Doctors say they are excited for the new possibilities, but are warning against using the drug as a “catch all.”

“Once you understand the science of it, it makes sense,” Baton Rouge Dr. Gregory Ward said. “If you understand the science and you stick with the science, then you can’t go wrong with that.”

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In order to receive the product, you must have a medical marijuana recommendation. The drug will be available in a liquid form and come in three different strengths from $100 to $180 an ounce.

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