Doug Boudreaux, owner of Shreveport's Hope Pharmacy, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright about the latest delays in the availability of medical marijuana and when he thinks his facility, licensed by the state, will have the product in stock.

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Frustration over Louisiana’s long-delayed medical marijuana program bubbled up at the State Capitol Tuesday, with lawmakers on a House panel advancing a proposal to strip the state’s agriculture department of its regulatory power over the program following a probe of who’s to blame for lengthy delays.


A debate has played out for months between GB Sciences, LSU’s growing partner, and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, which is tasked with regulating it, over which side is at fault for the repeated delays.


After a lengthy back-and-forth between the two sides, lawmakers on the House Health and Welfare panel advanced a proposal to strip the Agriculture Department of its regulatory power and give it instead to the Louisiana Department of Health on a 6-4 vote.

Boudreaux tells KEEL listeners that he remains optimistic that the state, specifically Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, will meet the June 15 deadline.

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