Louisiana residents suffering from certain health ailments may soon have access to cannabis oil treatment, under an new law Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Thursday.
Senate Bill 271, which the governor signed into law during a ceremony featuring families in his Capitol office, is intended to expand the medical accessibility of marijuana.
Medical marijuana has been legal for decades in Louisiana, but there has been no legal or logistical infrastructure for its production or distribution and it was limited to a short list of medical conditions.
The new law will allow people suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, wasting syndrome, seizure disorders and spasticity, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, or multiple sclerosis to seek a doctor’s “recommendation” **for non-intoxicating cannabis oil **treatment.
“This is one of those bills that I believe will have a positive impact on people who need it the most,” Edwards said.