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With only a few doctors signing up to dispense medical marijuana, Louisiana regulators are considering whether to change rules limiting how many cannabis patients each doctor can treat before the product becomes available later this year.

Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners established a limit of 100 medical marijuana patients per physician in 2016, with doctors allowed to seek waivers for more. Vincent Culotta, the board's executive director, said that cap could be boosted higher at the panel's September meeting amid concerns the current limit is too low.

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KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy delved into the topic of cannabis in the bayou state. Our program was recorded at Iron Cactus in downtown Monroe on May 15. 

Our open public forum featured panel with members who support legalization and those against the new proposals. Our experts are from the fields of addiction recovery and counseling, pharmacology and pharmacy law, and the marijuana lobby.  We discussed medical pot, legalization, health issues, and more. 

Our panel for the discussion:

An applicant for one of Louisiana's nine medical marijuana pharmacy permits has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Pharmacy over its decision to pick the fourth-ranked choice for the license in the New Orleans region.  News outlets report that Rx Greenhouse is suing in Baton Rouge court seeking to have the license awarded to H&W Drug Store vacated.

Louisiana is one of the first states in the deep South to allow medicinal marijuana. Dr. Tommy Estis, a substance abuse counselor, thinks we may be moving too fast. 

Dr. Estis will join panelists from the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy and Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana for a discussion about benefits and risks of marijuana. The discussion includes the laws and regulations that patients will have to follow. 

Policy and a Pint is Tuesday, May 15.  A "meet and greet" with the panel begins at 5:30 p.m. and the radio discussion will begin at 6 p.m. 

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Medical marijuana is a hot topic throughout Louisiana. This legislative session multiple bill have been presented to help get medical cannabis into the hands of Louisiana citizens who may benefit. Right now the state policies are a bit confusing and federal law says marijuana is illegal. 

Tim Hitt is an advocate of changing the state and federal laws.  

We will discuss the issue at KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy.  The event will feature panelist who will answer you questions about the benefits and drawbacks of  cannabis. 

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Southern University has signed a contract for the school's medical marijuana program with a firm struggling with its ownership structure.  

Southern said Thursday that the contract has been signed with the two biggest owners of Advanced Biomedics. The majority owner, Carrol Castille, and the founder and minority owner, Chad Bodin, have been battling in a Lafayette court for weeks. The contract was signed on assurances that the company is working to resolve the ongoing feud. 

KEDM Public Radio takes a a look at Louisiana's changing climate on marijuana at Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look At Louisiana Marijuana Policy on Tuesday, May 15, with a broadcast on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. on 90.3 KEDM.

Our open public forum features panel with members who support legalization and those against the new proposals. Our experts are from the fields of addiction recovery and counseling, pharmacology and pharmacy law, and the marijuana lobby.  We discuss medical pot, legalization, health issues, and more. 

Our panel for the discussion:

Driver Caught With More Than 100 MDMA Pills, Marijuana

Jan 31, 2018
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Deputies have charged a man found to be in possession of more than 100 ecstasy pills and more than 92 grams of marijuana.

The Houma Courier reports 36-year-old Rahmoad Lee Thigpen, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Monday after Lafourche Parish Sheriff's deputies pulled Thigpen over just after midnight, smelled burning marijuana and searched his car.

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A federal judge in New Orleans has sentenced a man to more than four years in federal prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. after his 2013 deportation, and for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans says in a news release that the 51-month sentence was handed down Tuesday in the case of 58-year-old Salvador Ordonez-Maldonado.

Ordonez had pleaded guilty in the case.

Evans' statement says the Mexican native will face deportation proceedings by immigration officials after he completes his sentence.

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 Arkansas' attorney general's office has rejected language proposed for a 2018 ballot issue, saying the attempt to legalize marijuana is too ambiguous to make sense.

 In a letter dated Friday but released Monday, the attorney general's office expressed concerns about a provision that allowed a grower to have 25 mature plants and 25 non-mature plants. If one of the 25 non-mature plants matures, giving a grower 26 mature plants, what should happen next?

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