WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) – After years of delays, medical marijuana is coming to Louisiana. The Louisiana Pharmacy Board can only award 10 licenses.
The Monroe area got its license Wednesday, which made it the first of its kind in northeast Louisiana.
Shreveport business partners Greg Morrison and William Windham are putting the pharmacy at Mcmillan Rd. in West Monroe.
They’ll call it Delta Medmar.
“Getting started this is going to be a real challenge. Because you’re going to have to build client-based,” said Morrison. “We’re going to have to find doctors that will prescribe the medication. You’re going to have to develop clients. So, it’s going to be a tough business for the first couple of years.”
It’s down the street from Glenwood regional medical center. And, it’s right next door to an autism center for children.
“We purposely chose this site that would be away from things that would be inappropriate for our clientele,” Llyod Boudloche, owner of Behavioral Developmental Services, LLC, said.
Boudloche said having the dispensary there is going to be an issue.
“We will fight is as much as we could, and if there was no other option, we might have to relocate. I just don’t see how it would affect us,” Boudloche said.
Morrison said he had no idea the center was there.
“Part of the criteria of the application was to make sure that you locate it in a medical district,” Morrison said.
He said he’ll work with his neighbors. It’s just another hurdle they’ll need to get over.
Morrison said the goal here isn’t to spark controversy.
“I hope that it gives the medical community the alternative to opioid-for people that suffer from a lot of different things,” Morrison said.
The drugs dispensed at these pharmacies isn’t smokable