LOUISIANA: A bill that would expand medical marijuana in Louisiana cleared another hurdle here Monday, moving it one step away from final legislative passage.
Mills’ bill would expand the number of conditions that could be treated with the drug, which would be taken orally in an oil form, change the wording from “prescribe” to “recommend” to protect doctors and offer public bids to grow the crop if the LSU and Southern agcenters decline to cultivate it.Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-6 in favor of Senate Bill 271 by Fred Mills, R-Parks, after passionate testimony for and against the measure.
Parents like Katie Corkern of Amite pleaded with the committee to support the bill, saying it was the “last hope” for her 9-year-old son Connor, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy.
“He’s been seizing since he was 6 months old and hasn’t stopped,” said Corkern, whose voice broke with emotion. “We’ve tried 17 (legal) medications with no success and horrendous side effects. We’ve watched our friends move out of state and see their success (with medical pot). Connor has run out of options in Louisiana.”