Louisiana launched its medical cannabis program last week, and Baton Rouge’s Capitol Wellness Solutions made the first regulated medical cannabis sales in the state to two cancer patients and a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Regulated medical cannabis sales officially launched Aug. 6 in the state’s nine licensed retailers, and Capitol Wellness Solutions made the first sale to Alex Domino, a patient suffering from colon cancer. The pharmacy also dispensed medical cannabis to the first veteran in the state, Gary Hess.
“He has been having to go out of state to get … medical marijuana, and he was so happy that now he can get it in his backyard in Louisiana,” Capitol Wellness Solutions Founder and CEO Randy Mire told Cannabis Dispensary. “He talked a lot about the stigma around it and how he always felt like he was doing something he should not be, and for the first time, now he can wake up and feel like he doesn’t need to look over his shoulder and that he’s doing something illegal in Louisiana.”
Photos courtesy of Capitol Wellness Solutions
One of Capitol Wellness Solutions’ first patients was Gary Hess, a veteran accessing medical cannabis to alleviate PTSD symptoms.
Louisiana approved legislation to distribute medical cannabis in 2016, but the rollout of the program took longer than anticipated due to confusion between the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and its two medical marijuana license holders, Louisiana State University and Southern University. Under state law, both licensees must work with a private business partner to cultivate and distribute medical cannabis products; LSU contracted with Nevada-based GB Sciences in 2017, and Southern originally partnered with a Louisiana company called Advanced Biomedics before later aligning itself with Pennsylvania-based Ilera Holistic Healthcare, which has since been acquired by TerrAscend Corp.