Louisiana regulators prepare for rollout of expanded medical marijuana program

Louisiana regulators prepare for rollout of expanded medical marijuana program

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Buy Now Regulators crafting Louisiana’s medical marijuana policies affecting physicians are considering how the drug will be administered, such as determining the appropriate dosage for a 30-day supply, and whether to lift an existing cap on the number of patients that doctors can recommend to be treated using medical marijuana. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO Regulators crafting Louisiana’s medical marijuana policies affecting physicians expressed concern Monday that key rules still need to be revised, while the growing number of state-approved treatable conditions will likely cause the state’s nascent program to grow significantly. Questions linger about how the drug will be administered, such as determining the appropriate dosage for a 30-day supply, and whether to lift an existing cap on the number of patients that doctors can recommend to be treated using medical marijuana. Currently, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has a 100-patient cap on each doctor, a limitation that some industry advocates believe could hamstring the program once the program begins in earnest. The board discussed the possibility of lifting that cap, possibly as much as threefold, but no action was taken. At the board’s first meeting since the new laws expanding treatable conditions were approved , several members acknowledged that revising the policies was likely the board’s biggest task of the year. “We want to get ahead of this and make sure that we flesh out some of these issues,” said Dr. Christy Valentine, the board’s president. At least one member expressed skepticism about the use of marijuana for treating some of the newly-approved medical conditions. “This is a huge mess, an absolute huge mess,” said Dr. Mark Henry Dawson, who questioned whether the program would continue expanding, and was critical of whether marijuana is an appropriate treatment option in many of the circumstances. Determining an appropriate […]

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