The future of medical marijuana sales in Louisiana was recently considered at the Legislature in the context of security and upfront costs for the universities that will grow the product. LSU and Southern University are the two schools slated to start growing programs. Under the rules, students and those under 21 years of age will not be able to work at either facility and the marijuana will not be available to patients in raw form. LSU’s operation alone is estimated to cost between $10 million and $15 million, and lawmakers were warned it will take seven to eight years for the operation to break even. LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture Bill Richardson said a contractor will be selected within the next three to four weeks. The operation will provide 10 to 20 new jobs
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