New cannabis business takes over Louisiana MMJ grower contract

Pennsylvania-based Ilera Holistic Healthcare is taking over the contract to grow medical marijuana on behalf of Louisiana’s Southern University for the state’s MMJ program.

Shreveport TV station KTBS reported that the company with the initial contract – Advanced Biomedics – never became operational because of disputes between the owners.

Ilera bought the 68% stake in Advanced Biomedics that was held by a Louisiana businessman. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Ilera paid Southern $2.15 million – the initial installment of more than $6 million in payments the university is slated to get from Advanced Biomedics, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported.

The newspaper also reported that Ilera plans to buy a 40-acre parcel of land in north Baton Rouge, adjacent to an existing Southern University AgCenter facility.

The company plans to build a temporary facility there to get MMJ on store shelves in the “early second quarter” of 2019, according to The Advocate. It eventually plans to construct a permanent facility after securing approval from state regulators.

Louisiana’s other MMJ grower, GB Sciences, is cultivating cannabis on behalf of Louisiana State University.

9 comments on “New cannabis business takes over Louisiana MMJ grower contract
  1. Cynthia B Cade on

    To Legalize Marijuana Is A SCAM!+, #Death Trap For Society As A Whole. The Trap Robberies,Murders, Aggrava Ted Assaults, Mass Shooting s, More Rapes, Kidnappings, Crime Rate especially in Shreveport ,la. WHY???? “TO GET A FREE HIGH & SELL IT ON THE STREET TO COME UP# A LICK!!! They All The Above Crimes Already & Give Them A REASON # LEGALIZE WEED!!!, $$$$ SIGNS!!!! That Just Put EVERY! EVERY! LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPT # BEYOND HELL’S FIRE & THIE R LIVES & THIER FAMALIES & THE CITIZENS LIVES IN DEAT H TRAP BEYOND WHAT THE LIMITS TO SAFE, ENJOYABLE LIVING THAT OUR LAW OFFICES WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR US. The CHILD REN, DISABLED, SENIORS-EL DERLY WILL SUFFER!!!! SOOO BAD. Food stamps SOLD! Welfare Checks Gone! Medic aid Card Use Fraud, Debit Card/ Social Security Checks Robbed of By That Family Member To Get Legalized #WEED& Ooooh The INFAM OUS #INCOME TAX RETURNS & CHILD CLAIMING SCAMS & ALL THE HOLIDAYS THEY ALREADY STEAL FOR!!! THE EX-CONS, # GANGS With MORE GUNS & BETTER FIRE POWER THAT LAW ENFORCE MENT OWN NOW TO USE TO Try To Keep LAW ABIDING CITIZENS LIVES HOUSES & PROPERTY SAFE FROM ALL THE ALREADY INCREASING CRIME WAVE #WITHOUT# ADDING LEGALIZED !!!!! MARIJUANA’s CHAOTIC!!!! EXTRA #WAR# ON DRUGS. & I MUST NOT LEAVE OUT STREET GAMBLING!, HUSTLI NG & CASINO FRAUDS. ??IN GOD I TRUST

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    • Frank on

      You clearly don’t know how it works. You do realize that people are going to get it wether it’s legal or not right? And the only reason it currently brings violence and crime is because it is illegal. Make it legal and you don’t have to have someone risk their freedom just to deal it, or buy it for that matter. If it shouldn’t be legal, then explain how it’s any different from alcohol? I can tell you. It may not be healthy for you to smoke it, I personally don’t believe anything other than air SHOULD be inhaled into your lungs, but alcohol damages your body. No matter how you ingest it. Edible weed has never been proven to do any physical damage to anyone. And what reason would these gangs, with MORE gunsas you say, have to do anything they aren’t doing now? There isn’t one. You’re just someone who has never done it and you believe what other people on the media tell you. You follow them like a sheep. And that’s what’s wrong with this country. Legalization all the way!

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    • Shaetur on

      I don’t even know where to start with this one; like I can barely make out what the point of the comment is.

      Legalization is a scam?

      Did you know that’s the same argument used to enact Prohibition?

      Do have any idea how much taxpayer money (taxes you have to pay!) go toward giving three hots and a cot to somebody that smoked a joint?

      Somebody who, if pot were legal, would have to pull his own weight like everyone else?

      Wouldn’t you rather know your hard-earned dollar were going toward keeping an actual criminal behind bars? Y’know murderes, child molesters, bank robbers? The kind of people that shouldn’t see the outside of that cell?

      Instead, more people are in the pen for weed charges than anything else. Sounds a bit like a waste, don’t it?

      Speaking of tax revenue, what do you think the government does with it?
      It’s supposed to go toward schools, roads, and other infrastructure type stuff.

      Weed would be heavily taxed, so potheads would be paying more tax if they want to legally buy their luxury item.

      Make no mistake, states where it’s legal still have some pretty strict laws surrounding them. It’s almost as regulated as alcohol in some places. Granted they’re more localized, but legalization has worked some financial wonders for states that have legalized pot.

      What’s the downside? Some people get kinda stupid for a short period of time?
      Is it really so different from alcohol?

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      • Janna Simms on

        A moral person who uses pot is still a moral person, just happier. We can still get up early, work hard, manage our finances, pay our bills and be fair about relationships. Sometimes it’s harder to remember details like names, but that seems to be a natural state for me. I know people who finish higher education while smoking pot and do a GOOD JOB in 6-figure employment. Does it really make us stupid? It IS a fantastic aphrodisiac, and that must be handled by age limits and early counselling from parents! You gotta WATCH your kids! Teach them to be FRIENDS rather than overstimulated animals!
        Speaking of which, ALCOHOL disables perception and movement and tends to loosen inhibitions, causing us to rationalize bad descisions, say, “Oh, what the Hell,” about DWI or heartbreaking sexual transgressions, and cuss our Mama or kids or husband!
        The “pleasure” of alcohol (forever banned for me because I am bipolar and experience catastrophic depression if I have 6 drinks over a 3-day period) is fleeting and really more of an anaesthetic, immediately punished by dehydration and hangover!
        The physical ADDICTION of alcohol KILLS, destroying brain, pancreas, liver, kidneys. . .
        How is that better?
        I agree that SMOKING hurts the body. Potsmokers cough a lot, and can burn their breathing system. I don’t know how many try to cover the pot smell with cigarettes, but the cigarettes will KILL them, NO QUESTION!
        So let’s unplug profits for violent smugglers, empty our jails of potsmokers and stop folks from needing to HIDE or be ashamed! Legalize home culture of a WEED that is used in cooking in Asian nations, and fed to pigs because of its hardy abundance, a weed which eases pain without addiction. Then we can freely discuss its other effects, controlling them as we should, within families.
        Licensed dispensaries can control the purity of MEDICAL derivatives. Many helpful chemicals are in this plant. Let’s produce them for folks with cancer and Sundowners’ and PTSD, inflammation, and other chronic pain. Not to move ahead with such peace and freedom feels VERY CRUEL to me! I watched with horror as my Mother suffered under conventional “painkillers”, sleep”aids”, and Xanax during her last years. THIS MUST STOP!

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    • Janna Simms on

      My mom really needed medical marijuana so she could get away from all the stomach-destroying, addictive opioids and Xanax. But she died in pain, because folks would not allow pot to be legal. They were afraid.

      University of Tel Aviv in ISRAEL did studies on marijuana for old folks, and they broke away from addictions, beginning to FEEL BETTER!
      Please consider the many studies and the evidence that opioid addiction is going DOWN where medical marijuana is allowed.

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  2. TRUTH on

    Ignorance is mind blowing sometimes. You need to do more research you are only going by emotion right now. My sister is alive because of cannabis. She is 1 of 2 patients at the national institute of health the has made a world record. There are only 2 people alive with the type of cancer she has. You are dead in 10 months if you are diagnosed with this you – will NOT live. It does not respond to chemotherapy or radiation. She was diagnosed in had her 1st kidney removed in 2012. Only her and one other individual have broken this record. All of the research doctors that our government relies on at NIH has many papers written posted online for you to read. That’s where you need to go for FACTS not propaganda. Watch a simple YouTube video of a cancer cell being treated by the active ingredient in marijuana. It dies. Many forms of cancer cannot survive with the chemical in cannabis & NIH is making this happen.

    I would LOVE to see you explain your plea to a random family who has a dying child or a child with violent seizures being treated successfully with cannabis and listen to what you have to say to their parents.

    How many people have you ever heard of that have smoked a joint and beat their wife. It does not happen. If you ever find out about somebody has committed a terrible crime and found cannabis in their system- I promise you that is not all that it’s in their body or they are severely mentally ill or just bad people that smoke pot.

    You need to read your Bible. If you are – you’re one of “those” who only reads what appeals to you & doesnt hurt your conscience and point out your own sins… You need to have a talk with Jesus about weed. His father gave it to us and you are running around spreading lies and all the false and propaganda about Gods glorious gift to mankind.

    If you want to fight something- fight alcohol! Have them take THAT off the streets for good. Alcohol has caused more damage, disease and violent acts than any other chemical on this planet in the world’s history and… you choose cannabis.

    Well Cynthia…. Your elaborate display of ignorance has copy/pasted your humorous lengthy response on social media.

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