May 18, 2020
House Bill 819, which House members passed by a vote of 77 to 15, expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or she “considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his [or her] medical education and training to treat.” Under the current law, doctors may only recommend medical cannabis products to those patients with a limited number of select conditions, such as HIV and cancer.
Both measures now await further action by members of the Louisiana Senate. The state’s legislative session concludes at 6pm on Monday, June 1, 2020.
The state’s medical cannabis program became operational last August.