Senate backs bill to allow for medical marijuana dispensing
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy.
The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Parks Republican, was approved on a 22-13 vote Monday, sending it to the House for debate.
The bill would allow patients to consume refined forms of marijuana, but prohibits smoking the plant.
Mills says his bill hits "the sweet spot between patient care and law enforcement."
Louisiana has had a medical marijuana law on the books since 1991. But the state lacks the framework to dispense the drug.
Lawmakers rejected a medical marijuana bill last year.