On Monday, an effort to speed up and widen the distribution of medical marijuana in Louisiana got the final legislative passage. This was stimulated by personal stories from people who had chronic pains and seizures and advocates say that the bill will be eased with Medical marijuana.
Last year, lawmakers created the framework for the medical marijuana program in Louisiana. However, the regulatory hindrances have slowed framework since its initiation.
The bill which was brought forward by Republican Senator Fred Mills, a St. Marti Parish pharmacist, is aimed at broadening the medical marijuana program to cover more diseases. Also, the bill is intended to make necessary regulatory changes aimed at making marijuana oil which cannot be smoked as this will be safe in the patient’s hands.
Senators have consented to the bill
Senators consented to the House changes on the bill with a 22-14 vote, and there was no much debate about the bill. It has been forwarded to the governor John Bel Edwards, who is said that he is ready to sign the bill into law.
Forwarding the bill to governor’s desk implies that the lawmakers have scorned the views from the opposition where the district attorney and local sheriffs described the bill as an attempt to allow the unrestricted recreational use of marijuana.
However, those arguments did not outdo stories from patients who described children who had been struggling with seizures. These patients talked of shifting to Colorado where they would lessen their kid’s suffering. Also, some lawmakers told stories of their friends and family members who are suffering from cancer, epilepsy and other health conditions that can be treated using medical marijuana.
The marijuana law which was passed last year will eventually get medical marijuana to people suffering from severe forms of cerebral epilepsy and cancer. Also, Mill’s bill will add epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures, HIV, muscular dystrophy, and other diseases.
Louisiana State University to hit a deadline
The mill’s bill has also set a deadline for Louisiana State University and the Southern University to make a decision regarding being a state-sanctioned marijuana grower. This effort is aimed at speeding the decision-making process since learning institutions get the first refusal to cultivating marijuana.