GB Sciences Begins Supplying Louisiana Pharmacies

GB Sciences Inc. has finally started supplying pharmacies in Louisiana with medical cannabis products following years of research, development, and legal wrangling.

The state legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes back in 2015, but it restricted cultivation and production to just two sites: Louisiana State University and Southern University. LSU turned to Las Vegas-based GB Sciences as its commercial partner and they began working on a plan to supply nine registered pharmacies in Louisiana as quickly as possible.

However, the whole process was beset by delays, including a petty squabble sparked by the Louisiana Department of Forestry and Agriculture. The state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, felt obliged to step in and urge the two parties to resolve their differences to end years of waiting for patients.

GB Sciences then raced ahead with cultivation plans and it has finally yielded the first products – a limited selection of tinctures – this week. Two cancer patients and a veteran Marine suffering from PTSD were the first people to receive legal marijuana doses in the state after visiting a pharmacy in Baton Rouge this week.

GB Sciences said it will continue to roll out more products when its crop at LSU increases, although smokable flower is prohibited.

“This is a watershed moment for our company and the State of Louisiana, reflecting many years of research and development by GB Sciences into the cannabis plant’s biopharmaceutical applications,” said John Davis, president of GB Sciences Louisiana.

Just 81 doctors have registered to prescribe medical marijuana in the state, and GB Sciences will hold a series of seminars this month, in partnership with pharmacies and the LSU AgCenter, to educate Louisiana’s physicians and pharmacists about the new medical cannabis products that the company will launch in coming months.

The idea is to help doctors and pharmacists understand the potency of the cannabis products it has created, and the list of conditions they can be used to treat.

Southern University and partner Ilera have only just planted their first crop and they will not have products ready for several weeks, so GB Sciences holds a monopoly on the state right now.

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Martin Green
Martin Green is an experienced journalist with a strong focus on the cannabis, alcohol, and gambling industries. He is particularly interested in the political issues affecting the global marijuana trade, and he has a keen focus on regulation changes and legal topics. He holds a BA English Literature, MA Creative Writing and a National Qualification in Journalism diploma. He has worked in journalism since 2009 and written for a broad range of newspapers, business titles and magazines, including The Sun, The Metro, The Journal, Livestrong, Drinks Retailing News, Harpers, Sportsbook Review, Vital Football, Essex Live and Surrey Live. Address: 682 Indian Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 2C9. Phone: 416-721-8257.

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