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Medical Marijuana One Step Closer For Louisiana Patients

Mar 22, 2019 12:07PM ● By Staff Writer

(3/22/2019) With criminal, financial, civil, and other background checks completed, the Louisiana State Police have authorized contractor GB Sciences to proceed with moving into the main facility at the LSU AgCenter where they will begin to grow medical marijuana.

The inspection phase of the main facility's manufacturing area will be conducted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) with the assistance of the Department of Health on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Once the LDAF receives a final product from GB Sciences, a random sampling of the product will be tested in the LDAF laboratory. Once testing is completed and the product has passed testing for homogeneity and the potency is deemed free of contaminants, it will be ready for distribution through Louisiana's nine certified medical marijuana pharmacies. 

In 2015, Louisiana passed a law allowing medical marijuana to be produced for the treatment of multiple diseases and disorders including cancer, seizure disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s disease. 

The medical grade marijuana will only be available by prescription in oils, pills, liquids, and topical applications. It cannot be sold in a smokable form. 

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