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@fairfieldcitizenonline - 11m 13s ago

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Louisiana medical marijuana grower releasing CBD products

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's second medical marijuana grower, a contractor chosen by Southern University, hasn't started selling therapeutic cannabis yet, but the company is offering an over-the-counter CBD product at the state's marijuana dispensaries. Ilera Holistic Healthcare said it will sell CBD products nationwide, including at each marijuana pharmacy in Louisiana except for the one in Monroe. Southern and Ilera officials are hosting a Thursday event to tout the new products at H&W Drug Store, the medical marijuana pharmacy in the New Orleans area. "We'll be the first university in the United States to do a national CBD launch," Ilera CEO Chanda Macias told The Advocate. The CBD comes in a liquid tincture form, a bottle containing a dropper to use. Branded as Alafia Healthcare, the tinctures were made from hemp and formulated in a North Carolina facility, Macias said. Four types of CBD tincture bottles will range in suggested retail price from $40 to $80. Macias wouldn't give a timetable for when Ilera will start selling medical marijuana in Louisiana, only saying it will hit the market "very soon" and the company has 2,300 plants growing at a facility in Baker. Southern experienced years of delays in getting its marijuana program off the ground. Ilera bought out the majority stake in the original company selected by Southern in late 2018 after that first firm made little progress. Wellcana, a separate company contracted with LSU, started selling medical marijuana in Louisiana last year. Only LSU and Southern are authorized to grow marijuana. The hemp-derived CBD products Ilera is selling contain 0.3% or less of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and won't get users high. Wellcana is selling CBD and marijuana tinctures across the state, but those products come from marijuana...

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Parent resistance thwarts local school desegregation efforts

ELLICOT CITY, Md. (AP) - As they try to address stubborn school segregation, many of the nation's school districts confront a familiar obstacle: resistance from affluent, well-organized and mostly white parents to changes affecting their children's classrooms. From New York City to Richmond, Virginia, sweeping proposals to ease inequities have been scaled back or canceled after encountering a backlash. The debates have been charged with emotion and racist rhetoric reminiscent of the aftermath of Brown vs. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out state laws establishing segregated schools. While the federal government has largely stepped back from the aggressive role it played decades ago in school desegregation, some local districts have acted in recognition of increasingly apparent racial divides and the long-established educational benefits of integration. In Howard County, Maryland, a suburban community between Washington and Baltimore, one parent who supports reforms lamented the presence of "concentrated poverty in certain schools and concentrated wealth in other schools." "When we have concentrated poverty, those students are not getting that same quality of education," said Dawn Popp, a white mother of two students in local schools. The Supreme Court has ruled that race cannot be used as the driving factor in assigning students to public schools. But more than 100 school districts have implemented voluntary desegregation plans that work around that ruling by mixing students from families with different incomes or educational levels, factors often associated with race, according to Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington. The success of such efforts can depend on the size of the coalition seeking change and how well the goals are...

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