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LSU: Medical marijuana available summer 2018, at earliest

LSU: Medical marijuana available summer 2018, at earliest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's planned medical marijuana growing operation doesn't expect patients seeking the drug to have access until the summer of 2018, at the earliest.

Bill Richardson, LSU's vice president for agriculture, led an AgCenter forum Friday to update the public about plans to start growing the medicinal plant. The room was packed, with more than 500 people signed up to attend.

The university isn't using state funds to produce medical marijuana. But it estimates that it will take at least $11 million to start up, so the AgCenter is looking for outside investors to contract with LSU.

Richardson said he hopes to put out the request for contracting proposals within a month.

The AgCenter could choose one contractor or multiple contractors to help finance the operation and produce the medicinal product.

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