Now that the bids are in with the LSU Ag Center to produce medical marijuana in Louisiana that would one day be used for patients who suffer from specific diseases, many are wondering how much longer they'll have to wait. New Iberia Senator Fred Mills, who was instrumental in creating the medical marijuana law, gives his best guess on a timeline.
"I would say once the contract is awarded, I would say probably it'll be about 12 months," said Mills.
LSU is expected to select a contractor by June, who will pay for the production costs. The facility will be located off campus and the first crop should be ready by the end of 2017. Mills says patients have to know that they are working to make a pharmaceutical grade product that's consistently delivered. He says they can't get this wrong.
"If this is not done right then the whole process and the whole hope of getting this industry working for people would not go well," said Mills.
The estimated cost to cultivate the drug it its raw form is 10-million dollars. Mills says he knows this process is going a little slower than some people had hoped, but it could be much worse.
"If we were waiting for the FDA, it could be a decade away," said Mills.