Medical Cannabis Laws in Louisiana
- 2015 – Alison Neustrom Act SB 143
– Authorizes a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state to prescribe marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinols, or a chemical derivative of tetrahydrocannabinols in any form except for inhalation and raw or crude for therapeutic use by patients.
– Provides the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) submit an annual report to the legislature regarding recommendations as to additional diseases or medical conditions to be added to the eligible list of diseases and conditions for prescription
- 2020 – HB 819, signed by Governor John Bel Edwards, greatly expanded access to medical cannabis. HB 819 allows any licensed doctor in good standing with the state to recommend cannabis for any condition the doctor “considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat.”
- 2021 – House Bill 652 reduces penalties for personal possession of low amounts of cannabis. Non-medical (recreational) possession of 14 g (just under a half-ounce) or less of cannabis is de-facto decriminalized, with no jail time and a $100 fine. Distribution, selling and possession of large amounts still attracts penalties, and it is important to realize that cannabis possession is still technically a misdemeanor. This is effective as of August 1, 2021.
Telehealth Consultations for Medical Cannabis Online in Louisiana
Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Louisiana. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Louisiana
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Concussion (diagnosed by a physician)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Destructive or physically aggressive behaviors
- Communication difficulties or avoidance that jeopardizes the patient’s physical health
- Huntington’s Disease
- Lewy Body Dementia
- Motor Neuron Disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Repetitive or self-stimulatory behaviors that put the patient’s physical health at risk
- Seizure Disorders
- Self-Injuring Behaviors
- Severe Muscle Spasms
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Terminal Illness
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Wasting Syndrome or Cachexia
Medical Marijuana for Minors in Louisiana
You must be aged 18 or over to get a medical marijuana card. Those under 18 can still qualify for a medical card, but will need a caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregivers must fill out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers must be free from a criminal felony involving controlled substances.
Louisiana law only allows caregivers if the patient is a minor diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy or cancer and the caregiver is the patient’s parent.
Minors with a qualifying health condition and lawful access to medical cannabis must leave school grounds to medicate.
Marijuana Possession Limits in Louisiana
Medical card holders only = A maximum of 30 days’ supply, amount determined by physician. Only non-smokable preparations.
Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Louisiana
It is illegal to grow cannabis in Louisiana.
Medical Cannabis Qualification and Gun Laws
It is illegal to possess a firearm and a medical marijuana card at the same time in Louisiana.
Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws
Although Louisiana has legalized medical marijuana for qualifying individuals with a physician’s recommendation, the law does not address employer concerns or employment protections. This means that an employer may possibly terminate your employment for positive testing of cannabis, even if medically recommended. You cannot consume cannabis at your place of employment.
Local Cannabis Laws in Louisiana
Cannabis is “decriminalized” statewide in Louisiana, but some cities are less restrictive than others. Possession of small amounts of marijuana has also been decriminalized in the cities of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Possession of 14 grams or less of cannabis is now a misdemeanor, attracting no jail time and a maximum penalty of $100.
There are currently 9 pharmacies within the state dispensing THC products. They are located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Madisonville. A 10th pharmacy license can be issued as needed.