Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The “smokable” type of medical marijuana is now authorized in Louisiana underneath sure situations. The brand new legislation went into impact Jan. 1 and is already elevating questions.
It has native legislation enforcement saying they’re navigating by means of uncharted territory.
Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says he understands marijuana is confirmed to assist many diseases, but it surely’s a managed drug that has legal guidelines and pointers that should be adopted.
“Now we have to be very cautious and really cautious in how we navigate by means of this sooner or later,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso mentioned.
Mancuso says he and his deputies are watching intently as folks benefit from the brand new legislation.
As an alternative of treating it as an unlawful drug, he says they’ll deal with it like some other prescription drug.
“When you’re pulled over it’s gonna be like some other prescription drug. When you have only a unfastened tablet, you will be arrested for that – particularly if it’s a managed substance,” Mancuso mentioned. “So, all drugs ought to be stored of their authentic bottles, with the prescription, with the title of the one who the medication is for of their possession.”
It means driving underneath the affect will nonetheless end in a DWI.
“When a health care provider prescribes one thing to you, there are particular drugs you could’t drive with, you possibly can’t function heavy equipment, and I might assume that this may be labeled a type of medicine. As a matter of truth, I’m sure it’s,” Mancuso mentioned.
There are additionally limits on how a lot medical marijuana you possibly can have.
“It’s 2 1/2 ounces each two weeks. So, in the event that they’re caught with greater than that, they clearly might get in hassle,” Mancuso mentioned.
Gary Hess, CEO of Teleleaf – which helps get folks their medical marijuana playing cards – says it’s not about getting excessive.
As an alternative, it’s to assist those that have a debilitating situation.
“So, should you lookup debilitating, it’s something that causes you to be weak or infirm,” Hess mentioned. “So, something that causes you to actually step exterior of your regular routine throughout the day.”
Though, that doesn’t imply will probably be okay with employers.
“Our coverage remains to be going to remain the identical,” Mancuso mentioned. “I’m positive that individuals don’t need a policeman coming to their residence who’s excessive or a reporter or a health care provider or some other career – our plant employee that would blow up a plant. So I believe it goes together with some other managed substance.”
There are 9 pharmacies in Louisiana that supply medical marijuana, and after qualifying for a medical hashish card, a pharmacist will assist assess the sort and dosage that’s applicable for every affected person.
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