The Louisiana Senate agreed to expand the use of medical marijuana in Louisiana to treat several more health conditions in addition to the list of medical conditions already approved for treatment.
House Bill 579 from state Rep. Edward Ted James authorizes medical marijuana in the treatment of glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, PTSD and Parkinson's disease. House Bill 627 from state Rep. Rodney Lyons allows medical marijuana to treat autism spectrum disorder.
The current law allows for medical marijuana to treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, seizure disorders, epilepsy, spasticity, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. The law doesn't allow for smokeable cannabis but for THC-less medicine processed from plants grown within the state university systems.
The Senate voted 25-9 to support James' bill and 21-10 to support Lyons' bill. Both bills head back to the House for final approval.
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