Senate Bill 60 permits certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to issue medical cannabis recommendations to those ages 18 and older. The measure took immediate effect upon passage.
House Bill 1535 allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients with PTSD and all forms of cancer. The measure also raise the cap on THC from 0.5 to one percent.
Patients diagnosed with either Huntington’s disease, spasticity or severe muscle spasms, or a terminal illness are now eligible to receive authorizations to access medical cannabis.
The measure makes numerous changes to the state’s medical program — several of which may hamper patients’ access to medical cannabis products.
The measure now heads to the desk of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.
The measure expands the list of qualifying medical conditions, which previously only included those with intractable epilepsy.
“This bill is a cynical effort by prohibitionists to severely roll back a policy that has been in place for two decades and that a majority of state residents support.”
Under the new law, patients with insomnia and/or autism spectrum disorder are eligible to obtain medical cannabis access.