On June 24, 2016, the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the Southern University Board of Supervisors both announced the approval of resolutions to let their agricultural centers begin the process of becoming state-sanctioned medical marijuana cultivators, according to NOLA.com.
“The AgCenter’s scientific reputation in best management practices for production of plant materials, crop variety development and collaboration with medical research scientists qualifies us for the medical marijuana production license in Louisiana,” said Bill Richardson, vice president of agriculture at LSU, in a statement.
“We spent a year understanding what will go into this process, and the University has decided to opt in,” said Dr. Adell Brown, Interim Chancellor at Southern University, as reported by Shreveport Times.”We’re excited about the opportunity.”
When Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Senate Bill 271, expanding the state’s medical marijuana program, on May 19, the enacted law stipulated that LSU and Southern University have the first right of refusal to be a licensed cultivator for Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.
While both universities made their opt-in announcements on the same day, it isn’t clear whether they are going to file separately or jointly, as SB 271 only permits the state to issue one cultivation license.