At her home in the New Orleans Ninth Ward, Alyssa Hillger uses medical cannabis for chronic nerve pain in her ankle. "My quality of life has improved," Hillger said. "I don't have the pain or discomfort and I am able to do more."
New Orleans area physician Dr. James Moises wrote her the recommendation. "My practice has grown in the last year," Moises said. "The number of patients I have has doubled in the last year."
This has Moises and other physicians in Louisiana worried. Currently, they can recommend medical cannabis inhalers, droplets and gummies.
Come next January, when the new law goes into effect, they can begin recommending smokeable versions for simple ailments like backaches and chronic headaches, which brings looming problems. "I think they are already having inventory issues now," Moises said.
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