Southern University Ag Center receives applications for medical …

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center says seven vendors have submitted applications to potentially become the medical marijuana cultivator for the center. 

The center listed as applicants: Advanced Bio Medical; AquaPharm; Citiva Louisiana; Columbia Care; Med Louisiana; Southern Roots; and United States Hemp Corp., which says it is not an applicant, but has advised an applicant.

Three of the firms — Citiva, Columbia and Southern Roots — unsuccessfully bid to operate the LSU AgCenter’s medical marijuana business.

The Southern University Ag Center is reviewing its applications. An evaluation committee expects to complete the review July 31, said LaKeeshia Giddens Lusk, research associate in the program development office of technology and communications in the Southern University Agricultural Research Extension Center. After the review, the top three to four candidates will be interviewed before the committee submits its recommendation to the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

The contract, which covers five years, makes the companies

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