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US (LA): LSU AgCenter MMJ program expands to new facility

LSU's AgCenter will soon grow and sell smokable medical cannabis to Louisiana pharmacies as a new bill goes into effect early next year, prompting the university's cannabis operation's expansion to a new facility in Ruston on October 20th. The university is partnering with Good Day Farm Louisiana. 

Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill earlier this year that will enable patients to purchase smokable medical cannabis in January 2022 in addition to the tinctures, edibles, inhalers, and other options that are already available.

“With smokable flower, we needed a bigger facility,” said Ashley Mullens, coordinator of the LSU AgCenter Therapeutic Cannabis Program. “It’s going to give us a lot more canopy, grow space, and variety for patients when they’re going into the pharmacy in January.”

Mullens said the LSU AgCenter primarily acts as the liaison between Good Day Farm Louisiana, the grower, and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The grower pays the AgCenter for research each year. Once the subcontractor becomes profitable, Mullens said the AgCenter will get a percentage of the profit.


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