In local news:

A medical marijuana bill expanding covered conditions under a law passed last year that provided for the distribution of cannabis oil in Louisiana passed a major hurdle last week. Senator Mills’ SB271 would add several severe illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis, to the list of qualifying conditions for which physicians can recommend medical marijuana. In order to circumvent federal restrictions which still classify marijuana as an illegal narcotic, physicians would not technically “prescribe” the medication. The bill failed to pass by one vote in the Senate in the first vote last Tuesday, but managed to scrape by in the second round on Wednesday. The bill now awaits consideration in the House, anticipated soon.

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