Louisiana State University Prepares to Grow Medical Marijuana

Article by Robbie Reynold, WAFB

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LSU is moving forward with plans to grow medical marijuana for the state.

Some members of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club were making pot jokes Wednesday afternoon, but LSU Ag Center Vice President Bill Richardson was all business. Richardson is leading the LSU Ag Center’s medical marijuana project.

The project was started after the Louisiana Legislature passed a measure in 2015 allowing LSU and Southern University exclusive rights to grow and distribute the product in the state.

Although marijuana is illegal under federal law, some states allow medical use for pain and stress. Medical marijuana was already legal in Louisiana, but no one was allowed to grow and process it until now.

“This is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. We’ve learned a lot about it in the last several months. And there’s a lot of interest in what we’re doing in Louisiana. Our operation is strictly pharmaceutical,” Richardson said.

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