Medical marijuana legislation progress in Louisiana Legislature

The state Senate voted 28-6 Wednesday to approve a bill to make medical marijuana more widely available across Louisiana.

House Bill 819 would lift regulations that require doctors to register with the state to recommend it and that limit its use in treating diseases. Under the measure, any state-licensed physician could recommend medical marijuana for the treatment of debilitating health conditions. The Senate approved several amendments to the bill, which had already passed the House, so it will now go back to the House for final consideration. HB819 must be approved by 6 p.m. Monday to be sent to the governor’s desk.

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