Medical Marijuana

  Fewer restrictions to medical marijuana could bring in more patients

A Louisiana law kicking in during August could open the door for a lot more people to use medical marijuana. Restrictions on prescribing doctors and ailments have been lifted.

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

  La. lawmakers move forward with bill to allow fibromyalgia patients to use medical marijuana

New, stronger medical marijuana product should cut costs, produce better results for some patients

  False Positive: CBD use could affect drug tests

  Chancellor-dean of SU Ag Center says university to start harvesting medical marijuana soon

  Southern Univ. becomes first HBCU to launch hemp product line to hit shelves by March

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First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

  Southern University to host cannabis education symposium

  SU hosts medical marijuana job fair

  Hemp growth can start in spring if feds keep current pace

  Medical marijuana program looking for employees

Growing concern over high cost of medical marijuana

  Veteran’s group launches fundraising campaign to cover medical marijuana costs for Louisiana heroes

A local nonprofit aims to raise $20,000 to cover a year of medical marijuana costs for a handful of Louisiana veterans and first responders.

  After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

When medical marijuana became available on Aug. 6, Alex Domino said he had no expectations. For him, the medicine was simply a remedy for a myriad of serious ailments that he had not tried.

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Louisiana became the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana.

First medical marijuana pharmacy in Lake Charles opens its doors

Medicis Pharmacy, the first medical marijuana pharmacy in Lake Charles, opened it’s doors for the first time Wednesday morning.

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

Which conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment in La.

  Louisiana pharmacies prepare for medical marijuana debut

  First Louisiana veteran to receive approved marijuana treatment on Tuesday

  Medical marijuana set to hit shelves next week; doctor goes over process to receive recommendation

  LDAF: Medical marijuana cleared for release

  Medical marijuana could hit shelves as early as next week

The LSU AgCenter confirms it’s aiming for a date of Aug. 1 to have its medical marijuana product on shelves.

  SU plants first medical marijuana seeds

The week of July 22, Southern University officially plants its first medical marijuana seeds.

Dozens of businesses issued permits to sell CBD products in La.

Dozens of businesses were issued permits on July 15, 2019, by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products.

  Louisiana 'weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

Medical marijuana could finally be available for Louisiana’s sickest patients in “the next few weeks," according to grower, GB Sciences’, Vice President John Davis.

  Legal sale of CBD products begins in Louisiana

On Monday, June 24, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued its first permits to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Multiple temporary permits were issued, the office says, including five in the Baton Rouge area.

  Still no availability date on medical marijuana in La., but new batch being harvested

State officials say they are closer than ever to finally making medical marijuana available to Louisiana patients.

  La. Dept. of Health to begin issuing permits for hemp, CBD manufacturers

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has announced it will start to begin issuing permits to CBD manufacturers after the sale of such products was made legal with the passage of House Bill 491.

  Lawmakers approve industrial hemp, CBD product regulations

A bill to regulate the growth of industrial hemp is headed to the governor’s desk after winning final legislative approval. It also paves the way for licensed retailers to legally sell hemp-derived products, including CBD oil.

Medical marijuana inhalation bill revived, passed by Senate

Louisiana senators have revived a proposal to let Louisiana's medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis, only two days after rejecting the idea

Louisiana Senate refuses inhalation for medical marijuana

The Senate has refused to let Louisiana's medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis

  New medical marijuana clinic opens in Baton Rouge

Medical marijuana will soon be available to qualifying patients, despite recent roadblocks to access. The clinic will begin seeing patients Monday, May 20.

Louisiana House agrees to medical marijuana inhaler bill

Louisiana's medical marijuana patients would be able to inhale cannabis, if senators agree to a proposal that won overwhelming support from lawmakers in the House

  Inside Look: Capitol Wellness Solutions preparing for medical marijuana roll-out

Patients waiting to receive medical marijuana may not know when those products will hit the shelves, but those shelves will be ready.

  CBD spa massages could resolve stress, anxiety, other health problems

Several spas around the country are adding CBD to massages.

Louisiana House approves regulatory framework for CBD sales

Lawmakers have broadened a proposal to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Louisiana to also create a regulatory framework for CBD product sales

Medical marijuana tensions spill into Louisiana Legislature

A simmering feud between one of Louisiana's medical marijuana growers and the program's regulator has spilled into the Legislature

No mid-May Louisiana release of medical marijuana products

Louisiana's first batch of medical marijuana won't reach the shelves by the mid-May deadline demanded by pharmacists and patients, but June could be a possibility

  Medical marijuana inhalers could become treatment option for Louisiana’s sickest patients

The Louisiana House’s health committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 1 that would loosen regulations on the state’s medical marijuana program so certain patients could use medical marijuana inhalers.

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

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.

  State waiting to complete testing before distributing medical marijuana

Hundreds of patients in Louisiana have been waiting for medical marijuana to hit the shelves since it was approved back in 2015.

  SU on track to have final medical marijuana product ready in August

A Southern University spokesperson says they are on schedule with the launch of their medical marijuana operation.

  Louisiana marijuana pharmacists demand final product by May 15

A group of Louisiana marijuana pharmacists demanded the state have final medicinal product available by May 15 at a stakeholder’s meeting Monday, Mar. 25.

  ATC commissioner halts the sale of CBD statewide

The state is cracking down on CBD sales.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

  First medical marijuana crop passes state inspection

Louisiana has cleared another major hurdle in the race to get its medical marijuana program running.

  Regulators vote to eliminate THC limit in medical marijuana

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy will discuss the amount of THC allowable in a single prescription for medical marijuana, which will determine the price.

Health benefits of CBD earn high praise from a veteran, businessman, and doctor. But what does the research show?

While the hype around CBD has exploded over the last couple of years, scientific research is still relatively young. But studies that have been conducted show promising results for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and chronic pain.

Medical marijuana may not be available for months as final tests are performed

The inspection process and background checks could take weeks, and then the growing process will take even longer.

  Grower sets new target date for medical marijuana product

Louisiana’s only medical marijuana grower has set a new target date for product to be on the shelves after repeated delays due to procedural issues.

Patients face further delays in medical marijuana programs

LSU AgCenter is waiting for test results from Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry to distribute medical marijuana to dispensaries.

Medical marijuana lawsuit against LA Pharmacy Board advances to court

A judge ruled a lawsuit against the Louisiana Pharmacy Board can move forward. This after a former candidate for a medical marijuana license says the licenses were awarded based on biased decisions.

  Southern University inks new deal, rolls on with medical marijuana operation

After more than a year of delays, members of the Southern University Board of Supervisors got down right blunt about a medical marijuana deal they say went sour. They also chose to move ahead with a new firm to manage their growing operations.

  First FDA approved cannabis-based drug now available in all 50 states

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution for patients ages two and older, who suffer from either Dravet syndrome, or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. (Source: CNN/GW PHARMACEUTICALS)

  Medical marijuana crop harvested; final product could be delayed

Researchers at GB Sciences and the LSU AgCenter finished harvesting the state’s first medical marijuana crop Tuesday, but procedural issues could again prevent Louisiana patients from getting access to the medicine in a timely fashion.

Medical marijuana health clinic to open in Bossier City

The Total Health Clinic, the first medical marijuana health clinic in Northwest Louisiana, will open on Monday.

  La. Board of Medical Examiners votes to eliminate patient limit for licensed medical marijuana doctors

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8 to 1 Monday to begin eliminating the limit on the number of patients for which doctors can recommend therapeutic marijuana.

  Scientists begin growing medical marijuana inside Baton Rouge facility

GB Sciences and the LSU AgCenter began growing medical marijuana inside their southern Baton Rouge facility this week, meaning patients could have access to the finished product by November.

  Louisiana regulators weigh raising marijuana patient limit

With only a few doctors signing up to dispense medical marijuana, Louisiana regulators are considering whether to change rules limiting how many cannabis patients each doctor can treat.

  Medical marijuana wait: Regulatory hurdle for Louisiana crop

Louisiana's first medical marijuana crop will take longer than expected to reach patients.

Vendors submit applications to become medical marijuana cultivator at Southern University

Seven different vendors have submitted applications to potentially become the medical marijuana cultivator at Southern University.