Louisiana May Have Medical Cannabis Available by Summer 2019

In September 2017, research and biotechnical development company GB Sciences announced its partnership with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center to produce medical cannabis. Last week, LSU’s Vice President of Agriculture Dr. Richardson said the university and GB Sciences were on track to submitting their final suitability study to state police by Jan. 21. If the crop clears all of its requirements for quality and safety, medical cannabis products could be available in Louisiana dispensaries this summer.

Louisiana’s First Crop of Medical Cannabis is Ready for Final Inspection

The state of Louisiana’s regulated medical cannabis program dates back to 2015. But due to a bevy of legislative setbacks, legal challenges, and other delays, real on-the-ground progress only began last year. In April, the Pharmacy Board awarded operating licenses to the nine dispensaries the state currently allows—one for each of nine “healthcare districts” across the state. In August, GB Sciences planted its first crop. The crop is a small one, however, planted in a self-contained “pod” at the Louisiana State University AgCenter.

On Jan. 16, GB Sciences harvested that first “pod crop.” On Monday, they submit samples of it for final approval with Louisiana State Police. Before GB submits its final suitability study

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