Lafayette’s first medical marijuana clinic holds grand opening Oct. 1

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Lafayette’s first medical marijuana clinic, called Total Health Clinic(THC), is having their grand opening on October 1st at 610 Guilbeau Road.

Total Health Clinic is not like a typical doctor’s office. Inside the lobby, the lights are dimmed and soft music is playing to create a controlled environment for patients dealing with a variety of conditions. 

“Three of the fourteen conditions that we do treat with medical marijuana. I have three of those,” said Victoria Walker, a Patient Liaison with Total Health Clinic. 

Epilepsy, Chrohn’s disease and chronic pain are three conditions Walker has dealt with her entire life. “I was seeing a doctor in Baton Rouge, but this was going to mean that I could see a doctor here. I wouldn’t have to drive to Baton Rouge all the time,” she added. 

With Total Health Clinic coming to Lafayette, she’s able to get treated and help other patients as a liaison. “It’s a win-win for me. Especially with all of the medical problems I do have. It helps a lot,” said Walker. 

Dr. Chad Rossitter is Louisiana’s only Master Certified Medical Marijuana Physician, combating the stigma of having it in the south. 

“Most people think that the medical marijuana that they obtain from the pharmacy, they’ll be able to go and smoke it on the corner and next to a school. That’s not the case at all,” said Dr. Rossitter. 

Isabella Rossitter handles all of the operations at the clinic. “A lot of people that come in here they have several debilitating conditions. chromes disease, wasting syndrome, HIV, aids,” she said. 

The physicians help many patients transition from other therapies and medications to their recommended ones. Walker believes medical marijuana is the better option than the alternative medicines. 

 “They can be harmful. They can be addictive. They can cause side effects,” said Walker. 

“It’s great that we can offer these patients hope when they basically exhausted every first, second, third line of treatment,” Dr. Rossitter added.  

The owners, Dr. Chad Rossitter & Isabella Rossitter, are the local family who owns the new clinic. Dr. Chad Rossitter, a nephrologist who also owns Nephrology Center of Excellence in Opelousas is Louisiana’s only master certified medical marijuana physician.

Total Health Clinic(THC), is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. However, they highly recommend that you review the list below of 14 known conditions that, if diagnosed, could qualify you for a medical marijuana prescription.

14 conditions; Epilepsy/Seizures, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Wasting Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Glaucoma, Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, Intractable Pain, Severe Muscle Spasms, Muscle Spasticity, Parkinson’s and Autism. 

If you are provided a recommendation by Total Health Clinic(THC) to be treated with medical marijuana, then you will take that recommendation to the nearest dispensary.

 A brand new dispensary, called Apothecary Shoppe—another first for Acadiana—is opening right next door to THC at 620 Guilbeau Road.

The Apothecary Shoppe, currently under construction, will be where you would fill your legal medical marijuana prescription recommendation provided by THC.

More Total Health Clinics and dispensaries will be opening soon in other Louisiana cities like Lake Charles, Bossier, and Monroe. 

The medical marijuana will be sold in various forms, including pills and spray. It will be available to patients from mid-November to December. 

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