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Medical marijuana bill stalls in Senate committee

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:57 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 1:57 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Medical marijuana still won't be dispensed in Louisiana, after senators rejected a measure to set out guidelines for prescriptions.

Louisiana passed medical marijuana laws in 1978 and 1991 for people with certain conditions allowing doctors to prescribe the drug.

But rules were not set up for dispensaries, so no prescriptions have been issued.

Republican Sen. Fred Mills, of Breaux Bridge, proposed legislation to rewrite the law and set up a legal framework for doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.

People with medical illnesses urged senators to support the bill, describing their pain and difficult treatments.

The Senate health committee voted 6-2 Wednesday against the proposal, siding with law enforcement officials who opposed it.

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