Medical marijuana future in Louisiana

It appears pharmacies who want to sell medical marijuana in Louisiana will have to jump through a lot of hoops.

Based on a bill moving through the legislature, an application fee of $5,000 would be needed to cover inspections, background checks and paperwork.

Ville Platte Representative and pharmacist Harvey LeBas says federal law prohibits the sale of medical marijuana in the same facility where other prescriptions are sold.  Providers would have to construct or purchase a separate facility just for distributing the marijuana.

LeBas says once medical marijuana is available, it will only be sold at ten different locations around the state. He says there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the issue.

The lawmaker says this situation will not be like what’s happening in Colorado.

These dispensaries will only offer medications derived from the plant for medical uses, not the actual plant itself. He says this will be quite an investment for pharmacies, between the application fee and opening a new facility.

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