Gov. John Bel Edwards later told Gannett Louisiana he supports the bill.

Sen. Fred Mills' bill would expand the number of conditions that could be treated with the drug, which would be taken orally in an oil form, change the wording from "prescribe" to "recommend" to protect doctors and offer public bids to grow the crop if the LSU and Southern agcenters decline to cultivate it.

Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-6 in favor of Senate Bill 271 by Mills, R-Parks, after passionate testimony for and against the measure.

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