Cap On Medical Marijuana Patients Lifted In Louisiana

Sep 18, 2018

Medical Marijuana should be available to eligible La. patients sometime in November 2018.
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MORE PATIENTS ALLOWED - Yesterday,  Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to dispense medical marijuana  to  only  100  approved  patients per physician.    The move came as concerns arose regarding bottlenecks to patient access as only 48 doctors have submitted applications for the Louisiana permit required to recommend medical cannabis, with 31 approved so far.  Even without a patient cap, concerns still exist about whether enough doctors will dispense medical marijuana to make it easily accessible to eligible patients.   Dr. Victor Chou of Baton Rouge is  one  of  the  31 doctors  approved  to  dispense  medical  marijuana,  he explained  his experience to the board.       

Dr. Victor Chou of Baton Rouge offering comments at the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on how quickly he reached 100 patient cap.
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"I registered my first 100 patients within two-weeks of opening my clinic. I currently have a waiting list of 700 patients."

That audio was courtesy of WAFB TV in New Orleans.  With so few doctors dispensing Medical Marijuana, the state medical examiners board  lifted  the  cap.   Medical  cannabis  should become available to Louisiana patients in November.