Doug Boudreaux, proprietor of Shreveport's Hope Pharmacy, talks with 101.7 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about medical marijuana being available to Louisianans today (Tuesday).

Boudreaux, whose Kings Highway location is the only licensed medical marijuana pharmacy in the area, reminds KEEL listeners that it is only available through prescription, and only physicians registered and licensed by the state are allowed to write those prescriptions.

More details from washingtonpost.com:

"Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis.

Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. 

GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, will begin shipping medical marijuana to Louisiana’s registered dispensaries Tuesday morning, after state regulators recently completed final tests and cleared it for release. 

Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana. Most are expected to open this week. It joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And though marijuana is banned at the federal level, a congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with states’ medical marijuana programs."