Patient Cap for Medical Marijuana Doctors Lifted in Louisiana
By Melinda Deslatte
Amid concerns about bottlenecks to access, Louisiana regulators agreed Monday to loosen limits on how many medical marijuana patients doctors authorized to dispense cannabis can treat.
Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to 100 medical marijuana patients. People seeking the treatment pushed elimination of the cap, worried they will have difficulty getting the medication when it becomes available later this year, estimated around November.
Dr. Victor Chou, who has opened a medical marijuana clinic in Baton Rouge, reached the patient cap months ago and said hundreds of people are on his waiting list.
"Many of them feel locked out because they either cannot find physicians or the physicians they find already have hit the 100-patient limit," Chou told the board.