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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 7: Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Wednesday, July 1,  another historic step in the evolution of medical marijuana in Louisiana is taking place.

Ilera Holistic Healthcare is joining the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at a morning news conference to talk about the distribution of a THC line of medical marijuana products.

According to Southern, the university ” is one of only two license-holders in Louisiana, which recently passed a law to provide more access to patients seeking medical marijuana as a treatment.”

The news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Donald C. Wade House which is located at 801 Harding Blvd.

These individuals have been invited to attend the Wednesday morning news conference: 

  • Ray L. Belton, Southern University System President-Chancellor
  • Domoine Rutledge, Southern University System Board Chair
  • Orlando McMeans, Southern University Ag Center Chancellor
  • Janana Snowden, Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants Director and Southern University Professor
  • Chanda Macias, Ilera Healthcare CEO

Southern has the distinction of being “the only historically Black university in the nation to have a line of THC and CBD products available across Louisiana,” according to the university.

By: Michael Scheidt

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