A new gubernatorial scorecard from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws puts Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards among the most progressive in the country when it comes to marijuana policy.
The 2018 scorecard grades each of the states’ governors based on their public comments and voting records on marijuana policy. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, advocates nationally for the legalization of marijuana use among adults.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was one of 15 governors to receive a B grade from the organization. Only two governors, Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, and Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, received an A-grade.
The scorecard weighed the public stance Edwards has taken following approval of the state’s medical marijuana program in 2016. State officials are currently in the process of setting up the program, which is expected to be up and running by 2019.
Louisiana law currently allows doctors with a therapeutic cannabis license to recommend cannabis to patients with certain medical conditions, including muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer and severe seizures.
Edwards has spoken in favor of giving doctors and patients the freedom to explore medical marijuana as a potential treatment. He