HB 819 - Expands Access to Medical Marijuana - Louisiana Key Vote


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Title: Expands Access to Medical Marijuana

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Vote to amend and pass a bill that expands access to medical marijuana.



  • Authorizes a licensed physician in good standing with the state board of medical examiners to recommend medical marijuana to any patient suffering from a debilitating medical condition with whom they share a bona fide doctor-patient relationship (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “debilitating medical condition” as any of the following neurodegenerative diseases and conditions (Sec 1):

    • Alzheimer’s disease; 

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; 

    • Huntington’s disease; 

    • Lewy body dementia;

    • Motor neuron disease; 

    • Parkinson’s disease; 

    • Spinal muscular atrophy; 

    • Traumatic brain injury; 

    • A concussion diagnosed by a physician; 

    • Chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia; 

    • Chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease; 

    • Any condition for which a patient is receiving hospice care or palliative care; and

    • All conditions not otherwise specified that a physician, in his medical opinion, considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat.