A bill approving the use of medical marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain, severe muscle pain and glaucoma will now head to state senate.
HB 579, authored by Rep. Edward James, was approved by the House on Thursday (April 12) by a vote of 60 to 39. The bill was approved with an additional amendment that adds Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, to the list of conditions a licensed physician can recommend the use of medical marijuana.
The final version of the bill also included an amendment added by Rep. Alan Seabaugh that excludes employers and worker's compensation insurers from having to pay for medical marijuana under the state's Worker's Compensation Law.
Louisiana's medical marijuana bill approved in 2016 allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy.
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