Louisiana’s medical marijuana program is closer to undergoing a significant expansion after lawmakers there last week advanced a pair of bills.
Each measure, both of which were sponsored by state Rep. Larry Bagley, a Republican, passed the Louisiana House of Representatives on Friday, as reported by the Livingston Parish News.
One proposal, HB819, which aims to broaden the potential pool of eligible medical cannabis patients by permitting a physician to prescribe such a treatment to someone suffering from what the doctor “considers debilitating,” passed by a 76-15 vote, according to the Livingston Parish News. HB819 will also reportedly add nine conditions under which a doctor in Louisiana can prescribe medical marijuana to a patient.
The newspaper said that Bagley’s other bill, HB972, which would allow for pharmacies and dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to patients—a measure that has been implemented during the coronavirus pandemic in other states and cities where adult use and medical marijuana are legal—passed by an even wider margin, 80-15.