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Medical marijuana patients exempt from prosecution under law

6 months 1 day 17 hours ago June 09, 2016 Jun 9, 2016 Thursday, June 09 2016 June 09, 2016 10:27 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to match Louisiana's drug laws to conform with its medical marijuana program, so someone who gets the therapeutic drug legally can't be prosecuted.

The governor's office announced this week that Edwards signed the bill by Republican Sen. Fred Mills into law. It takes effect Aug. 1.

The measure aims to protect patients of the state-sponsored medical marijuana program from laws that penalize people for possession or distribution of marijuana. It also extends that protection to a patient's caregiver and the parents of a minor who receives medical marijuana.

The final version of the bill passed with a 29-7 Senate vote and 67-21 House vote.

Louisiana is still 18 months or more away from getting medical marijuana into patients' hands.

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