Medical marijuana is coming to town.
Good Day Farm Louisiana recently bought a 225,000-square-foot facility just north of Mayfield Park in Ruston to grow and produce medical marijuana in the parish.
Already, Good Day Farm is looking to hire a variety of individuals. The company is looking to create 200 jobs in the parish when fully operational.
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said this was a good opportunity for the parish.
“They took a building that had been empty for four years and made it commercial,” Walker said. “It’s totally legal, and there’s no reason for it not to come here.”
Walker said the tax revenue generated from the commercial operation would bring as much as $180,000 to the school board, as well as other entities, such as the police jury and library.
Thanks to House Bill 391, which was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards in June of this year, stage-registered patients can obtain “raw or crude” cannabis for “inhalation” purposes, changing the previous law that only allowed patients to obtain non-inhaled cannabis.
Previous to this bill, only an average of 60 licensed doctors statewide could recommend medical marijuana. Now, as long as a marijuana grower and pharmacy is licensed by the state, patients can get a prescription for medical marijuana from any doctor licensed to practice in the state of Louisiana once January 2022 rolls around.
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