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Medical cannabis is expected to start reaching pharmacy shelves this week, after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, can start shipping out the product to the state’s nine registered dispensaries.

“We are pleased to announce that LSU-GBSL’s final medical marijuana product has passed all testing and is cleared for immediate release to the medical marijuana pharmacies,” Strain said.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship with LSU-GBSL and SU-ADB/ILERA as we move into the next phase of the program. We also want to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly from inception through production and testing to make this a reality.”

John Davis, GB Sciences Louisiana president, told The Associated Press that the company is coordinating with the pharmacies to start delivering medical marijuana on Tuesday.

On Monday, July 29, 2019, a random sample of the medical cannabis final product was selected by the LDAF from LSU-GBSL. The sample was tested for homogeneity, potency and contaminants.

Patients have been waiting years for medical marijuana after lawmakers created the regulatory framework for dispensing therapeutic cannabis in 2015. Regulatory disagreements slowed getting the product to shelves.

Only the LSU and Southern University agricultural centers are authorized to grow medical marijuana. GB Sciences is LSU’s grower.

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