Louisiana’s final medical marijuana license, which was awarded to a Kenner-based pharmacy in December, is in legal limbo after an unsuccessful applicant sued the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
In May, Crescent City Therapeutics broke ground on a $800,000 facility at 101 W. Airline Drive in an industrial area of Kenner.
But its future is in jeopardy after Judge Beau Higginbotham ruled the state Board of Pharmacy has to start at square one and redo hearings for applications by Nov. 5. The Board has appealed the decision and has not yet set a hearing, so the timeline is unclear.
The pharmacy still plans to open by late November or early December, said Freddie Pitcher Jr., a minority owner of Crescent City Therapeutics. He said they still hold the license while the appeals process plays out.
West Bank Pharmacy of Belle Chasse filed suit earlier this year in 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish, claiming the Board of Pharmacy wrongly awarded the license and did not properly consider “underserved parishes,” as detailed in state