On May 19, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law (SB271 Act No. 96) that expands the medical accessibility of marijuana in Louisiana. Unfortunately, the new law will not allow patients to smoke medical marijuana. Moreover, several state agencies will need to promulgate rules and regulations regarding the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana. Despite the laws deficiencies, this should still be a day of celebration for the citizens of Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners will develop rules authorizing licensed Louisiana physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients.
The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy will be in charge of developing rules relating to medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry will determine who will be able to produce medical marijuana. Interesting to note that LSU and the Southern University Agricultural Center have the right of first refusal. If neither exercises its option, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry will grant one (1) license.