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Two Louisiana Universities Decided to Move Forward with Medical Marijuana

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Louisiana State University and Southern University have decided to move forward for medical marijuana cultivation.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry gave the necessary opportunity for Louisiana State University and Southern University first right of withholding and both institutions have expressed their interest in moving forward.

After their Friday meeting, Dr. Adell Brown, Southern's Interim Chancellor, stated that the institution has come up to a decision to submit a letter stating they will accept becoming the cultivator of Louisiana state, The Times reported.

Brown also said that they spent a year understanding the consequences into this process, and the Southern University has decided to opt in.

The Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana State University officially agreed a resolution to allow the LSU AgCenter to start the necessary steps needed to obtain a license to produce medical marijuana.

Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, stated that the scientific reputation of the LSU AgCenter qualifies them for the medical marijuana production license in Louisiana.

Since 1978, a Louisiana law legalized the use of Marijuana for medical purpose. However, there are still specific language in legislations that has created difficulties for individuals who tried to access it.

Doctors were granted by the previous law to prescribe medical marijuana, but not allowed to cultivate or distribute the drug.

The state law does not protect people from federal prosecution when cultivating, growing and distributing Marijuana - as this doings are still illegal nationwide, Pulse Headlines reported.

However, even the universities were granted for medical marijuana, active National Football League (NFL) players are not allowed to use marijuana as a form of medical treatment. But, former players are free to use Marijuana to treat their physical sufferings, and more individuals are starting to do so, MMQB reported.

And the former American football defensive lineman - Leonard Marshall, recently joined the campaign for medical marijuana use for pain.

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