Bill would allow patients to inhale cannabis for medicinal purposes

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Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, proposed bills looking to update the state’s cannabis legislation this session. (Photo credit: Sarah Gamard, LSU Manship School News Service)

By: James Smith & Lauren Heffker, LSU Manship School News Service

Published: May 22, 2019

BATON ROUGE–A state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients to inhale cannabis for medicinal purposes and would no longer require that prescribing physicians live in the state.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, is among several bills looking to update the state’s cannabis laws this session.

The inhalation bill would loosen the laws under which physicians could recommend the use of medical marijuana for patients diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions.

Present law permits patients to consume medical marijuana through edibles, oils and extracts. The proposed bill would allow patients to inhale cannabis through inhaler-like devices. Prescribing doctors would also no longer have to reside in Louisiana, although they would still need to be licensed by the state.

Read more in The Advocate.

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