Louisiana’s nine future medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected. The two grow sites, managed by LSU and Southern University, are preparing to start growing and processing the drug by next February at the latest.
Legislators have been focused on the issue, too. Two bills are making their way through the Legislature that would potentially expand the number of medical marijuana patients.
But after all these preparations are made, will there be doctors for medical marijuana patients to go to?
Despite the interest in Louisiana’s budding new industry, the number of doctors that actually have been licensed to recommend medical marijuana lingers at 10, according to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners which approves the therapeutic marijuana license. Only 15 have applied. Federal regulations could also limit the growth of physician participation by the time Louisiana’s medical marijuana program is up and running.
“I am really worried about the lack of medical support so far,” said Jacob Irving, a law student from Baton Rouge living with congenital spastic quadriplegia. He has been a vocal advocate of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program since