Louisiana State Representative Dalton Honore’ (D- East Baton Rouge) this week pre-filed a bill that would allow the use and distribution of marijuana for specific therapeutic purposes. Allowed treatments under the bill would include seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer and the side effects from cancer treatment.
Under the proposed law, only a doctor who “is a certified neurologist, oncologist, or ophthalmologist with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship and who is the physician responsible for the ongoing treatment of a patient’s qualifying medical condition” would be allowed to prescribe marijuana
The law puts in place rules for distribution and procurement for patients and does not require that health insurance pay for it. Last year an identical bill failed to make it out of committee due, in large part, to strong opposition from law enforcement groups.
Louisiana’s legislative session begins on April 13.