U.S. Pain is pleased to share that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law House Bill 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that they consider “debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his [or her] medical education and training to treat.” Currently, doctors in Lousiana may only recommend medical cannabis products to those patients with a limited number of select conditions, such as HIV and cancer, leaving out many with other chronic illnesses.
The new law will become effective on August 1, 2020. Louisiana will be joining a short list of states—California, Maine, and Virginia—that have enacted similar measures.
At U.S. Pain Foundation, we believe patients deserve the right to try treatment options that might help their symptoms. In so many states, people are still waiting for their condition to be included as qualifying for access. Many don’t have this time to wait.
Please join us in thanking Governor Bel Edwards for signing this bill.
If you would like to learn more about U.S. Pain’s position on cannabis, click here.