Second Louisiana University Opts In to Grow Medical Cannabis

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A second Louisiana university has decided to grow medical marijuana to supply the state’s new MMJ program, meaning the production of medical cannabis will be in the hands of public institutions rather than the private sector.

There may be a role for private companies to serve as advisors to the universities.

Southern University plans to submit a letter to the state voicing its interest in becoming a cultivator, the Shreveport Times reported.

Louisiana State University also has signaled its intention to participate as a cultivator, after the university’s Board of Supervisors approved a resolution allowing the school’s AgCenter to seek a state cultivation license.

Under Louisiana’s recently approved MMJ law, the two universities got the first crack at deciding whether to serve as cultivators for the program.

“We spent a year understanding what will go into this process, and the university has decided to opt in,” Southern’s Interim Chancellor for the Agricultural Research and Extension Center Adell Brown said, according to the Shreveport Times. “We’re excited about the opportunity.”

He said this year’s passage of Louisiana’s MMJ legislation was key to the university’s decision. The new program allows for up to ten MMJ dispensaries.