Senate Bill 143, which would legalize the medical use of cannabis for those with certain medical conditions, has been passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives with a 70 to 29 vote. The bill has already passed the Senate 22 to 13, but will head back for one final vote as it was amended slightly in the House.
The proposal would allow those with glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis. Unfortunately they wouldn’t be allowed to actual smoke the medicine, but would be allowed to consume it through other methods, including vaporizers and edibles.
The measure would authorize ten distribution sites throughout the state, which will provide patients with a means of safe access to the medicine.
If given final approval by the Senate, the bill will go to Governor Bobby Jindal, who plans to sign it into law.