Louisiana has cleared another major hurdle in the race to get its medical marijuana program running. The state’s first medical marijuana crop has passed each laboratory inspection conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), LSU AgCenter officials confirmed Tuesday.
Once the medicine is prepared, the growers will not immediately sell the product to Louisiana’s nine licensed pharmacies for consumption. Instead, they will hold the product until they have enough raw crop to satisfy a steady demand, ensuring the state does not run out of marijuana.
GB Sciences is currently using a temporary pod to grow its marijuana. The size of the pod limits the number of plants they can grow, and growers are still waiting for LDAF to approve a move into their permanent facility.
LSU AgCenter officials did not indicate when a final product could hit the shelves. By GB Sciences’ most recent estimates though, thousands of potential patients could have access to the medicine in the spring.