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An effort to speed and expand the dispensing of medical marijuana in Louisiana has won final legislative passage.    Passage was spurred by personal stories of people with seizures and severe pain that bill advocates say would be eased with medicinal-grade pot.

A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law.    A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart the growth and dispensing of medical marijuana and to expand the program's reach.

A year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in the Louisiana Legislature, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy will likely pass.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has scrapped the centerpiece of the governor's package of sex offender legislation. Rep. Fred Mills, a Democrat from Parks, told the House Appropriations...