From South Carolina to Georgia to Louisiana, use of medical marijuana has been slow to take hold in local governments, but that is slowly changing according to a report on

Many Southern states have a long and failed history with medical marijuana, mired deep in forgotten statutes. Only recently, as the marijuana movement sweeps through statehouses, have those laws become political tinder for a new debate in the South.

In the nearly four decades since its signing in 1978, Louisiana's medical marijuana research program has treated not a single patient.

In the 2015 Legislative session, two-thirds of the 105-member House had agreed Louisiana would do what it takes to implement a decades-old law that allows marijuana use for therapeutic medical reasons.

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