Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Louisiana’s medical marijuana legislation is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s desk, and the governor is expected to sign it. A vote of 30-6 on the Senate floor Monday (June 8) was the last step required of the Louisiana Legislature — for their part — to make Louisiana the 24th state, plus Washington, D.C., with legal framework in place to get medical marijuana to patients who need it.

Jindal has already expressed his support for the legislation. He told reporters May 28 that he had reviewed the bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, and would sign it if it got to his desk

Mills said late last week that he was in communication with Jindal’s office just a few hours before the bill hit the House floor, where it was approved by a vote of 70-29, and that the governor was on board with that version of it. 

While the Legislature legalized marijuana for medical purposes 1978, and then again in 1991, there’s no mechanism in current law that allows for the legal dispensing of the drug. Doctors can legally prescribe it, patients can legally use it, but there’s no product or means for patients to access the drug. The legislation (SB 143) gives authority to three state boards to set rules regulating a tightly contrained growth, prescription and dispensary system.

– Read the entire article at The Times-Picayune.