Louisiana Medical Marijuana “Inhalation Bill” Approved by State Legislature

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a bill to allow medical marijuana patients to use inhaled cannabis products. The amended measure, which was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 82-0, will apply only to metered-dose inhalers and does not legalize smokable forms of cannabis.

Under current regulations of the state’s medical marijuana program, only cannabis medicinal oils, pills, liquids, and topical preparations are permitted, although no cannabis products have yet gone on sale. Louisiana lawmakers passed legislation legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis in 2015, but continued regulatory issues have repeatedly delayed the rollout of the program for patients.

Bill Revived After Faltering

Louisiana’s medical marijuana inhalation bill seemed doomed for failure on Saturday when the measure was shelved in the state Senate because of concerns from Republican Sen. Dan Claitor and others over adding new delivery methods to the program. But on Monday, Republican Sen. Fred Mills, who is also a pharmacist, was able to revive the bill by amending it to specify that only metered-dose inhalers would be allowed.

“If someone has a debilitating disease and this quick-acting meter dose inhalation will give someone quicker relief … who are we to stop that?”

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