Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Adding Six New Medical Cannabis Conditions Including Autism

Two bills that would add six new conditions to Louisiana’s medical marijuana program has been signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor Bel Edwards has signed both House Bill 579 and House Bill 627 into law. HB 579 adds glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable  pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease to the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions.  HB 627 adds autism spectrum disorders to the list.

House Bill 579, filed by Representative Edward James, was passed by the House of Representatives 60 to 40, and by the Senate 25 to 9. House Bill 627, filed by Representative Rodney Lyons, passed the House 71 to 21, and the Senate 21 to 10.

These newly added conditions join the following ailments that are already part of the Louisiana medical cannabis program:

Cancer Glaucoma  HIV/AIDS A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia, or wasting syndrome. Seizure disorders, including those characteristics of epilepsy. Muscular Dystrophy Crohn’s Disease Multiple Sclerosis Severe Cerebral palsy Spasticity (spinal cord injury) Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.

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