Pot

An applicant for one of Louisiana's nine medical marijuana pharmacy permits has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Pharmacy over its decision to pick the fourth-ranked choice for the license in the New Orleans region.  News outlets report that Rx Greenhouse is suing in Baton Rouge court seeking to have the license awarded to H&W Drug Store vacated.

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The State of Louisiana is making it possible for state residents to use medical marijuana if they have a medical condition that qualifies but many pharmacist and doctors are scared to get involved. There are federal laws that prohibit prescribing marijuana and medical professionals hold federal licenses that could be at risk.

Dr. Jeffery Evans is head of Clinical Studies at the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy says the feds could stop the Louisiana medical pot program if they wanted to. 

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Medical marijuana is a hot topic throughout Louisiana. This legislative session multiple bill have been presented to help get medical cannabis into the hands of Louisiana citizens who may benefit. Right now the state policies are a bit confusing and federal law says marijuana is illegal. 

Tim Hitt is an advocate of changing the state and federal laws.  

We will discuss the issue at KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy.  The event will feature panelist who will answer you questions about the benefits and drawbacks of  cannabis. 

KEDM Public Radio takes a a look at Louisiana's changing climate on marijuana at Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look At Louisiana Marijuana Policy on Tuesday, May 15, with a broadcast on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. on 90.3 KEDM.

Our open public forum features panel with members who support legalization and those against the new proposals. Our experts are from the fields of addiction recovery and counseling, pharmacology and pharmacy law, and the marijuana lobby.  We discuss medical pot, legalization, health issues, and more. 

Our panel for the discussion:

A former teacher has pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of marijuana to a student and two counts of obstruction of justice for giving marijuana-laced brownies to two students. 

31-year-old Camille Brennan, of Mandeville, will be sentenced by District Judge Raymond Childress on Jan. 5. 

Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office, says under the terms of a plea agreement approved last week, Brennan is expected to be sentenced to 10 years, with seven of those suspended.