Louisiana Medical Marijuana Licenses Heat Up!

Hell has frozen over! 10 exclusive licenses are up for grabs to distribute medical marijuana to patients throughout Louisiana. Pharmacies around the state could open in the next few months if the Louisiana Board of  Pharmacy hands out licenses at the late March meeting. In January, a selection committee interviewed the applicants for all nine of the regions. A tenth license will be handed out in a high demand area.

In 2015/16, Louisiana passed laws authorizing a highly regulated medical marijuana program. The Southern University and LSU agricultural centers are partnering with private firms to grow the plant and dispense the drug in nonsmokable forms.

RX Greenhouse is the leading candidate for  the New Orleans area, which is owned and operated by Dr. Sajal Roy,who operates a medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland. Roy’s dispensary will be located at 3131 N. Interstate 10 Service Road, Suite 100. The building already houses a specialty pharmacy owed by Roy, and there are other businesses at that location.


The highest ranking North Shore applicant is Willow Pharmacy, owed by David Brown , a longtime medical marijuana supporter, among others. Their existing pharmacy in Madisonville will be converted in a dispensary. The top ranked applicant in the Capital Region, which includes East Baton Rouge and a few surrounding parishes, is Capital Wellness Solutions. The former head honcho of the Baton Rouge Police Department , Carl Dabadie,  is listed as security chief for Capital Wellness. They have leased a 4,300 square foot building at 7941 Picardy Avenue for the medical pot business. Primarily owned by Randy Mire, who is CEO of Gem Drugs, has 2 locations. T.J. Woodard, owner of downtown Baton Rouge drugstore Prescriptions on the Go, co-owns the business with 2 others.

Given the amount of information in some of the applications, it is possible the members may opt to recess in order to have the time to review that information and then reconvene at a later date to deliberate and make their selection, said Malcolm Broussard, executive director of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. No licenses have been granted to date.

In the Acadiana Region, which includes Lafayette, Evangeline, Iberia, Acadia, St. Mary, St. Landry, and Vermilion parishes, there was a tie between Acadia Therapeutic Remedies and the Apothecary Shoppe.  Acadiana  Theraputic is working with Helen Cobb and Jacob Irving, who have backgrounds in medical marijuana. The firm is leasing space in a retail center at 1015 Kaliste Saloom Road.



Sergeant Green Leaf Wellness Center operates from this small building in Georgetown, Colorado, which has a population of 1,023 people. But the dispensary is conveniently located near an on-off ramp for Interstate 70, less than an hour from Denver and on the way to the popular ski areas of Breckenridge and Vail. (STAFF PHOTO / MICHAEL POLLICK)

A number of well known public officials are backing the group of physicians, including former Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom; Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; House Speaker Taylor Barras; Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robineaux. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy wrote a letter supporting co-owner Dr. Matt Mitchell, Eric Vidrine, Brian Ruden, David Mayer, Dr. Brett Casey are co owners of the Apothecary Shoppe. Ruden was an early supporter of medical marijuana in Colorado and founder of Starbuds, which has eight dispensaries in the state and three more under construction. Vidrine is the CEO and founder of  Professional Arts Pharmacy.


~ by neworleansmusicman on March 13, 2018.

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