Last week, we indicated that Louisiana patients could be able to purchase medical marijuana this week, and that has come to pass. On Tuesday, GB Sciences, the cultivator and manufacturer working with Louisiana State University, got approval from the state regulator to ship a batch of medical marijuana products to licensed pharmacies after the samples that were taken by the regulator passed the tests they were subjected to.
Most of the nine pharmacies which secured licenses to sell medical marijuana across Louisiana are widely expected to open their doors to patients by the end of this week.
Gary Hess, a combat veteran, was one of the first two people to buy medical marijuana in the state after the Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Capitol Wellness Solutions, one of the licensed pharmacies in Louisiana. Hess told the media that he was glad that he could finally use medical marijuana legally in the presence of his family.
The combat veteran revealed that while traveling to California, he used medical marijuana and was astounded by how helpful it was in relieving his PTSD symptoms. He added it was a big relief for medical marijuana to become available in his home state.
Fred Mills, the state senator and pharmacist who sponsored the bill which brought medical marijuana to Louisiana, stated that he had never imagined that it would take this long for medical marijuana products to become available to patients after the appropriate law was passed four years ago. Mills added that he was disturbed to keep receiving desperate phone calls from patients who kept asking him how much longer they must wait before getting relief from their symptoms. He was therefore glad that the long wait has finally come to an end and those patients could start visiting legal sources of the medical marijuana products they need.
88 doctors have so far been given the nod to start recommending patients who qualify to join the medical marijuana program. The state has a list of qualifying conditions for which patients can access the program.
Currently, Louisiana law only allows medical cannabis products that are in the form of oils, tinctures, pills, inhalers and other such forms, but it doesn’t permit the smoking of medical marijuana.
The state has left pharmacies to set their own product retail prices, and interested patients will pay out of pocket since medical insurers aren’t covering this form of treatment. The product prices are expected to vary between $99 and $200, according to a representative of one of the pharmacies which have received consignments of the products made by GB Sciences. The products made by Southern University and its partner will take a while to be available since they have just planted their maiden crop.
For now, analysts believe that industry actors like Sproutly Canada Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) are glad that the far south of the U.S. has got the first state permitting medical marijuana.
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