Southern University in Baton Rouge will offer a line of THC and CBD-based medical marijuana products in Louisiana. Southern, which is one of the only institutions in the state authorized to grow marijuana, is set to unveil its merchandise this Wednesday, July 1, WAFB9 reports.
The university became the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to develop commercial medical marijuana back in January, with a hemp-based product they released at that time.
It might seem strange that an academic institution would be engaged in retail business, but Southern is on the production-, not the distribution-side of things. The university's partner, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, gets the medical marijuana to the pharmacies, where patients with the requisite prescription can purchase it.
In case you were wondering how medical marijuana came to be legal in a conservative state like Louisiana, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a piece of federal legislation, authorized the use of hemp-derived CBD in all 50 states.
Current Louisiana law limits medical marijuana as a treatment for 16 medical conditions. It also imposes a cap on the number of healthcare officials allowed to recommend THC- and CBD-derived medicines.
As a testament to how far the country has moved on this issue in a short number of years, Governor Edwards has signed a bill allowing any Louisiana physician to recommend therapeutic cannabis to patients suffering from any "debilitating" condition. This law goes into effect in August.