Louisiana First Medical Marijuana Crop Could Planted Today

The GB Sciences has been granted temporary permission to begin producing medical marijuana.

Permission was given by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain yesterday.

The president of the GB Sciences Louisiana, John Davis, has confirmed that his team met with the Commissioner Mike Strain and LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson.

Davis said the meeting was to review the remaining details that were prohibiting approval from the LDAF.

Mike Strain
Commissioner for agriculture Mike Strain (image via LSU AgCenter)

Davis said that his company has begun working on labeling, securing childproof safety containers and installing equipment in the grow facility.

This included the construction of a 300-foot by 60-foot pod that located on the outer area of the building.

The revised standard operating procedures were to be re-submitted and the final inspection completed by yesterday.

“We are hopeful that going through this detailed process will expedite the approval process for our entire facility because the department will be far more educated about what we are doing.”

Strain told Monroe News-Star that all parties are working very hard.

“Everyone is working hard together to move forward.”

Davis stated that they are hopeful they can bring plant material to the outer pod of the building by Friday and will have everything set up by Saturday.

The final inspection will be done by LDAF on Sunday.

“Hopefully, by Sunday we will be off to the races.”

Second site

The Southern University AgCenter, the second site to receive approval to grow and produce medical marijuana in Louisiana, has also been waiting on LDAF.

The spokeswoman for the site, Lakeeshia Giddens, stated that they are hopeful that the final approval will be granted by the end of this month.

According to Joblift, the recent approval of medical marijuana has resulted in a 24 percent increase in job listings in the first half of 2018 when compared to 2017.

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