BATON ROUGE, La. — Two weeks after Louisiana sufferers started receiving medical marijuana, this system is buzzing alongside with out provide disruption and with 1000’s of individuals receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officers and the pinnacle of 1 rising operation stated Monday.

John Davis, president of GB Sciences Louisiana, one in every of two state-sanctioned medical marijuana growers, stated Louisiana has about 5,000 cannabis sufferers thus far.

Louisiana turned the primary Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Aug. 6, 4 years after state lawmakers agreed to provide sufferers entry to medicinal-grade pot. 9 medical marijuana pharmacies have been permitted to dispense the merchandise, with the primary cannabis accessible in a flavored liquid tincture, a bottle containing a dropper to make use of.

“The suggestions that we’re getting from sufferers is de facto overwhelming, with sufferers who have been having epileptic seizures of 18 a day now down to 2,” Davis instructed a panel of state regulators who meet repeatedly to replace the general public on the medical marijuana program.

Considerations that sufferers may face interruptions in provide since solely one of many state’s two growers has a product in pharmacies have not panned out within the early days of this system.

“It seems the availability chain is working completely, or in addition to it may be,” Davis stated. “We’re capable of fulfill the calls for which are on the market.”

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Pressure, whose division oversees the medical marijuana program, urged: “We do not wish to run out” now that individuals are taking the drug to ease ache and different medical situations.

Louisiana is one in every of greater than 30 different states that enable medical marijuana in some kind.

Below the 2015 legislation and extra adjustments handed since then, Louisiana is permitting medical marijuana to deal with an extended checklist of illnesses and problems, corresponding to most cancers, seizure problems, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress dysfunction and Parkinson’s illness.

Solely the agricultural facilities at Louisiana State College and Southern College are licensed to develop medical marijuana. GB Sciences is LSU’s grower. Southern’s grower, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, estimates its first product might be accessible by fall on the earliest.

Marijuana may be accessible in oils, tablets, liquids, topical purposes and an inhaler, corresponding to that utilized by bronchial asthma sufferers — however not in a smokeable kind. GB Sciences at the moment gives solely the liquid tinctures, in three totally different concentrations.

Pressure stated 4,700 doses of therapeutic cannabis have been within the first batch of mint-flavored tinctures. The second batch comprises 4,300 doses in cherry-flavored product, he stated.

Davis has stated he expects to have dissolving strips taken by mouth accessible quickly, adopted by topical lotions.