US (LA): Legislators aim to expand state's medical cannabis program

Ahead of next week’s legislative session, several bills are being prepared that aim to improve the state’s medical cannabis program.

According to the Medical Marijuana Legislative Study Commission, Louisiana has the fewest cultivation licenses and the highest prices for medical marijuana in the U.S.

Currently, there are nine dispensaries in the state and two licenses that allow for the growing and processing of cannabis. Advocates are hoping to expand those numbers.

“One bill would be to increase the amount of cultivation licenses, right, so this provides greater supply,” said Jeff Schmidtke, the executive director for BioSciences of Louisiana. “It provides greater varietal options. I think it introduces competition to the market because it’s very limited at this point, with the end result most likely being the reduction of prices for the patient.”

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