Two bills expanding medical marijuana in Louisiana will become law after Gov. John Bel Edwards signs the last one this weekend.
House Bill 579 by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, adds Parkinson’s, glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder to the 10 conditions currently qualifying for medical marijuana.
Edwards’ spokesman Richard Carbo said the governor planned to sign James’ bill Saturday, the last day Edwards can sign or veto any bills from the Regular Session that ended May 18. Those that aren’t signed or vetoed after Saturday will automatically become law.
“It’s something I’m very proud of because this is a medicine I believe can improve the lives of so many people who are suffering,” James told USA Today Network Friday.
House Bill 672 by Rep. Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey, which the governor has already signed into law, also adds autism to the list of conditions covered.
Supporters of James’ bill to add PTSD have said the medicine could be especially helpful to veterans and combat the nation’s opiod crisis.
Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, is a military veteran whose son is also a veteran. [Read more at News Star]