John Bel Edwards (D), governor of Louisiana, has signed a number of bills that will broaden the rights of cannabis users in that state. According to Benzinga, the new measures will go into place on August 1 of this year and will open the medical use of marijuana to more people in need.
With the signing of the new legislation, Louisiana joins just a few other states, like California, Virginia, and Maine, in allowing doctors to determine conditions appropriate for cannabis treatment. NORML Deputy Director, Paul Armentano is quoted in the article as saying, “This is common sense legislation that provides physicians, not lawmakers, the ability and discretion to decide what treatment options are best for their patients.”
Other legislation was signed by the governor that will remove risks for banks and other businesses doing business with cannabis companies. The new bill encourages banks and credit unions to provide services to clients in the marijuana industry.