As of August 1, patients in Louisiana will be able to get medical marijuana for any debilitating condition their doctors see fit. That’s the result of a new bill Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed into law last week, which significantly expands beyond the 14 specific maladies that qualify patients for legal cannabis access under the state’s current program.
The governor also signed legislation protecting banks and credit unions that service cannabis businesses from being penalized by state regulators, as well as another bill to provide legal protections for doctors who recommend medical marijuana and authorized medical facilities that have cannabis patients in their care. Those measures also take effect on August 1.