LSU Looking For Marijuana Farmers
Louisiana State University is looking for cannabis cultivators to grow and process marijuana for the state's medical marijuana program. “We’re looking for somebody who will be able to provide the quality product for the patients in Louisiana who will be using the medical marijuana product,” LSU professor Dr. Ted Gauthier told WBRZ-TV.
Louisiana is the country's 25th state to legalize medical marijuana however, no one was legally allowed to grow or process cannabis until now. Gauthier claims that a lot of people from out of state have shown interest and that they expect to have about 10 finalists to choose from.
LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson is leading the AG Center’s medical marijuana project and taking it very seriously. “This is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot about it in the last several months. And there’s a lot of interest in what we’re doing in Louisiana. Our operation is strictly pharmaceutical.”
LSU and Southern University have exclusive rights to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Louisiana as long as marijuana is grown indoors, the facility to be located off LSU’s campus and students are not to be involved in the process.
LSU expects to have a contractor hired by June and the first crop to be ready by the end of 2017.