This Louisiana Pharmacy School Can Now Legally Study Marijuana
This might sound a little weird, but even though marijuana is legal in this state - students studying to become pharmacists in Louisiana didn't cover cannabis at all during the course of their classes. That is, until now.
According to a report from MyArkLaMiss, the University of Louisiana at Monroe's (ULM) School of Pharmacy is now 1 of only 3 schools that have the official green light from the state to research cannabis and help. The other 2 schools that can legally perform research on marijuana are Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and the Southern University Agricultural Center.
ULM students will be studying the pharmacological and therapeutic effects of cannabis as a medicine, but the research in Monroe won't stop there. According to the report, nonprofit organization Biomedical Research and Innovation Park (BRIP) is working with the university to build a $35 million research park to take advantage of the newly announced legal status. The organization hopes to conduct research at the site as soon as 2023.
The university is also entertaining a few confidential inquiries that are interested in legally researching marijuana in our state. One, unnamed lumber company has reportedly been interested in ULM ability to research hemp as a possible replacement for traditional concrete. "Hempcrete," is reportedly cheaper, stronger, and lighter than the standard concrete we use today.