Southern University’s medical marijuana partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare plans to sell products from its first medical marijuana harvest this week to pharmacies across the state under its license with the Louisiana school.

Ilera holds the medical marijuana contract to grow for Southern University in Baton Rouge and had about 2,300 plants growing at its temporary facility several months ago. These plants have since been harvested. The products also have passed state tests through the Department of Forestry and Agriculture.

The company is selling tinctures and topicals to pharmacies this week and they should be on shelves soon.

“We’re shipping this week so in the next two weeks it could be on the shelf, we have orders going out daily,” said Chanda Macias, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare.

Ilera has plans to open a larger growing facility along Plank Road, which can hold “tens of thousands” of medical marijuana plants. It is about 90% completed.

By the end of the third quarter, Ilera expects to roll out THC tincture formulas for children or minors with autism, known as Hope. The company is also working on chewable gelatin-based medicine and concentrated THC extracts as well.

Southern University plans to use money from the sale of the products to hire more scientists to begin research into the active ingredients in marijuana.

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