State agriculture regulators have cleared Louisiana’s first batch of medical marijuana for release to pharmacies, ending months of delays getting the product cleared for patients.
John Davis, the head GB Sciences Louisiana, said medical marijuana will be released to pharmacies on Tuesday and that’s when the first patients can get access to the drug.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said Thursday evening it completed testing of a random sample of the marijuana tincture, which was produced by LSU and its contractor, GB Sciences.
“We are pleased to announce that LSU-GBSL’s final medical marijuana product has passed all testing and is cleared for immediate release to the medical marijuana pharmacies,” Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said in a statement.
Strain said he looks forward to working with LSU and Southern University, the only other licensed grower in the state, on the coming phases of each school’s marijuana operation.
Louisiana lawmakers passed legislation four years ago that authorized medical marijuana, but various delays have kept the medicine from reaching patients. [Read more at The Advocate]