Louisiana's first legal medical marijuana crop ready for harvest, drying process

Louisiana’s first legal medical marijuana crop ready for harvest, drying process

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The first legal crop of medical marijuana in Louisiana is set to be harvested this week. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports the licensed grower working with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center, GB Sciences, expects to start the drying process by next week. Company representatives said they could have product packaged and ready to ship by the middle of next month. However, regulations have made it unclear when medical marijuana will be commercially available in the state. The agency that regulates the medical marijuana program, the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry, has not identified an independent, third-party lab to test the product before it ships to dispensaries. This testing is a requirement of the program, and the agency expects proposals from labs this month. In September, Louisiana’s State Board of Medical Examiners agreed to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to 100 medical marijuana patients. Gov. John Bel Edwards also agreed to allow more Louisiana residents the option of using medical marijuana to treat their ailments, including people with post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease and those with autism spectrum disorder. Keep up with local news, weather and current events with the WDSU app here . Sign up for our email newsletters to get breaking news right in your inbox. Click here to sign up!

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