The Louisiana House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a measure that would legalize medical cannabis in the Bayou State. The legislation, approved by a margin of 61-32, will now head to the state Senate, where it is expected to pass with minimal changes.
The waiting game
“The wait was excruciating, but so worth it. I woke up this morning and was thinking, it’s not going to pass because I’ve been doing so much research. There were people who I thought were definitely going to vote for it who changed their minds.” – Katie Corkem, a cannabis-legalization advocate who hopes to use medical cannabis to treat her son’s epilepsy
The bill looks to provide cannabis-based oils with low levels of psychotropic components, which would remove the ability of its users to obtain the “high” typically associated with cannabis use.
Even if the bill passes, however, it will still likely be 18 months to 2 years until the state’s patients may have access to the substance.