On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, The House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana legislation designed to give qualified patients access to the drug
The goal of the marijuana legislation is to provide a specific type of medical marijuana product: an extracted oil that contains very low levels of the chemicals that make it a psychotropic drug. However, some concerns were expressed that legalizing medical marijuana could be the forerunner of legalization. Sen. Fred Mills denied this concern by saying that the bill is written strictly to prevent recreational use.
State Rep. Sherman Mack, who emphasized the concern about marijuana misuse, proposed modifying the bill to make medical marijuana possession a felony. As of now, Southern University and LSU have a right of first refusal to produce the drug. If the universities decline to produce marijuana, the state would allow a private entity to produce the drug.