BATON ROUGE - Patients in Louisiana who qualify for medical marijuana under the state’s new program may have to wait longer to receive the first batch of products.

The LSU AG Center has partnered with GB Science, and they’ve already harvested the first plants grown at the warehouse facility off Highland Road. However, the first final products distributed to patients will likely not be available until sometime in spring of 2019.

Originally, the first batch products, all non-smokeable, was set to be available in mid-November. But the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is being forced to test the product, a job that was originally set to be done by a third-party company. Now, because the LDAH has to find a facility and have it approved before testing, the date to have products in patients' hands has been pushed back. Dr. Ashley Mullens with the AG Center says that the products will be well tested before they are distributed.

The first plants were planted and harvested in exterior grow pods, while construction is complete on the actual facility. It includes a large research center devoted to improving the products for patients.