(WVUE) - The LSU AgCenter hosted a public meeting Friday about its plans to grow and research medicinal marijuana.
The AgCenter is proposing a partnership with LSU to oversee the project, but wants to finance the research with private funds.
At Friday's meeting, officials said patients would have access to the drug in the summer of 2018, at the earliest, and the entire program will be watched very carefully.
"We will have significant oversight of the policies and all of the plans that they implement," explained Hampton Grunewald, head of Governmental Relations for the AgCenter. "It is our license, and with us being liable, it's important that we have the ability to make sure they're not doing anything they shouldn't."
This projects is the result of a 2015 law passed by Louisiana lawmakers that allows people with certain medical conditions to seek medical marijuana as a possible treatment option.
For more information about the AgCenter's proposed program, click here.