Louisiana lawmakers weigh legalizing smoking marijuana for medical, nonmedical uses

Louisiana lawmakers are considering expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program and may even be poised to take the once-nearly-unthinkable step of legalizing it for all adults.

Medical cannabis technically has been legal in Louisiana since 1978, though the Louisiana Legislature didn’t take concrete steps to make it available until 2016. While the program took about three years to get products into patients’ hands, lawmakers have moved quickly since to broaden its scope.

Though legal access to therapeutic cannabis products initially was limited to patients with specific ailments, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last year to give doctors the ability to recommend access for any patient they
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