The Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved bills on Friday to significantly expand the state’s medical cannabis program by bringing in patients with more conditions and allowing dispensaries to deliver marijuana products directly to those patients’ homes.
This comes about a week after the Health and Welfare Committee advanced both pieces of legislation, in addition to several other cannabis expansion bills that were filed as backups in case the chamber declined to pass this broader version, which will let doctors issue recommendations for any debilitating condition rather than a short list of specific maladies as is the case under current law.
Both bills approved by the House were sponsored by Rep. Larry Bagley (R). His medical condition expansion bill passed 76-15 and the delivery legislation was approved 80-15.
The expansion legislation as originally drafted would have simply added traumatic brain injuries and concussions to the list of conditions that qualify a patient for a marijuana recommendation. But it was amended in committee to add several other conditions as well as language stipulating that cannabis can be recommended for any condition that a physician “considers debilitating to an individual patient.”
“It’s something that deserves to be done,” Bagley told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview after the floor votes. “I knew that it was bipartisan. I never thought it had a chance to fail unless I messed up somewhere in the presentation.”