- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to give the agriculture department up to 7 percent of the revenue from sales of medical marijuana, to pay for agency costs of regulating the drug.

The bill by Rep. Major Thibaut, a New Roads Democrat, also includes a list of fees the agriculture department would charge the medicinal plant’s state-sanctioned grower, including a $100,000 annual incense fee and a $10,000 application fee.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he needs the money to cover costs up to $700,000 annually.

The proposal heads to the Senate for debate, after winning House passage with a 67-21 vote Monday.

Estimates are the state is 18 months to two years away from medical marijuana sales. The grower and distributors haven’t been chosen.

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House Bill 1099: www.legis.la.gov

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