Louisiana MMJ bill

The Louisiana Senate has passed a sunsetted medical marijuana bill providing a single license for production of the crop.  The fee will be set  later.

“The Department of Agriculture and Forestry shall develop an annual, nontransferable specialty license for the production of prescribed marijuana for therapeutic use and shall limit the number of such licenses granted in the state to no more than one licensee. Such a license shall be limited to one geographic location as provided by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.”

Compared to one licensee, the idea of letting LSU’s Agriculture School do the growing doesn’t seem preposterous at this point.  http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/.  The state could make money that way, but would put the University at risk, just as the North Bonneville WA municipal retail monopoly is at risk.  But the plan is to charge fees.

“The Department of Agriculture and Forestry shall submit a report to the legislature no later than January 1, 2016, with recommendations on possible fee amounts relative to the provisions of this Section.”

Text here or at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=944699

And there’s the kind of sunset mentioned in Laws to Tax Marijuana on page 279 – and probably previously elsewhere: “K. The provisions of this Section shall terminate on January 1, 2020.”  Illinois’s medical marijuana law has a sunset already.  http://www.mpp.org/states/illinois/IllinoisHB1BillSummary.pdf.  Maybe others do, too.

Press report is at http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/medical_marijuana_louisinaa_le.html.  My source for this news item, like many others, is mmjnews@yahoogroups.com.

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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