LA lifts marijuana patient caps for Physicians to boost market’s viability

LA lifts medical marijuana patient caps for Physicians to boost market’s viability

Louisiana regulators agreed to remove the 100-patient limit for physicians authorized to recommend medical marijuana, a move aimed at removing a potential stumbling block for a market that’s expected to start late this year.

The State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 on Monday to remove the cap established in 2016.

With a narrower 5-4 vote, a limitation requiring patients to reevaluate their physicians to remain eligible to receive medical cannabis was also scrapped by the board.

Just 48 physicians have submitted applications for a license to urge MMJ, and 31 have been approved up to now.

That’s such a low number that even without a patient cap, concerns linger about whether doctors will recommend MMJ to make it accessible to patients.

Dr. Victor Chou, who opened a medical marijuana clinic in Baton Rouge, reached the former patient cap months ago and said hundreds of people are on his waiting list.

Before the vote, he told the board several prospective MMJ patients “feel of this market.

Here’s what Louisiana’s like:

  • Nine pharmacy dispensaries will be spread throughout the state. Just Louisiana State University and Southern University agricultural facilities can develop medical marijuana.
  • Marijuana can be marketed as oils, capsules, pills, sprays and topical applications but cannot be offered in smokable form.
  • Earlier this year, lawmakers added glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease to a list of qualifying conditions that includes cancer, a severe form of cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, epilepsy and muscular dystrophy.

Released at Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:00:24 +0000

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