Louisiana Lawmakers Vote To Expand Medical Marijuana Conditions List Again

Louisiana Lawmakers Vote To Expand Medical Marijuana Conditions List Again

The House committee also debated a proposal to enact price controls on medical cannabis. By David Jacobs | The Center Square The high price of medical marijuana products in Louisiana is pushing low-income patients into the unregulated market, a patient advocate told lawmakers Wednesday. State Rep. Rodney Lyons, a Harvey Democrat, proposed a bill that would limit the retail price of medical marijuana to double the wholesale price, while requiring the state-approved pharmacies to offer delivery. Patients pay more than $100 for a tincture that can be purchased in Arkansas for $40, speakers said. Katelyn Castleberry, head of the state chapter of Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, said patients in rural areas who can’t afford the product instead are getting cheap opioid prescriptions then selling the pills on the black market so they can afford the marijuana tincture they want. She said rural patients often have trouble getting to one of the nine operating state-approved pharmacies; under the program, the number of pharmacies is limited by law. “What we have done, through our over-regulation, is make sure that our rural areas are deeply invested in the black market,” she said. The original version of Lyons’ House Bill 807 called for removing the cap on the number of pharmacies. Rep. Raymond Crews, R-Bossier City, said he would prefer to lift the cap and allow the free market to dictate prices, rather than imposing price controls. But the state sheriffs’ association opposed that provision, saying it would make regulating the program…

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