The University’s agriculture department has been approved to work on a new research initiative of the medicinal use of the marijuana plant.
The measure was approved at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting on June 22.
The department is working with GB Sciences, a company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, to fully support the project. Pennington Biomedical Research Center is also assisting the AgCenter with the project, so no taxpayer dollars will go toward building the facility and managing it.
Hampton Grunewald, associate vice president of the AgCenter, stated the department’s place in the equation is purely research-based.
“Research is what made us feel comfortable with this project. We have no interest in being in the medical marijuana business, but if we can give good research and data then we can help validate the industry,” Grunewald said.
GB Sciences is not able to do research on the cannabis grown