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How getting a medical marijuana card in Louisiana works.

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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors in minutes.

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    Meet Your Provider

    After finishing your application, you’ll be connected with a state-licensed medical professional, typically in 10 minutes or less.

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    Get Registered

    If approved, your provider will contact your designated pharmacy to complete your registration as a medical marijuana patient.

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    Shop for Medical Cannabis Products

    Once registered, you can pick up medical marijuana products at your designated dispensary with just a valid photo ID.

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on all the Louisiana medical marijuana card requirements.

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Benefits of Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Louisiana is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps if you're looking to get a medical marijuana card.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Meet with Your Certified Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctor
  3. Get Registered – Your Provider Does This for You
  4. Shop At Louisiana Dispensaries
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Our mission of increasing medical cannabis access means offering the highest-quality service at the best price. Here's what you need to know about the costs associated with getting a medical card in Louisiana.
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Louisiana medical marijuana patients save more with Leafwell. Get your money back if not approved.

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Qualifying Medical Conditions

There is no set list of qualifying conditions in Louisiana. Patients now qualify for a medical cannabis card if they have any condition their Louisiana medical marijuana doctor considers debilitating to an individual patient.

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    To apply for a medical cannabis certificate, you must be a legal Louisiana resident and have one or more qualifying conditions.

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    Caregiver

    Some patients may be eligible for a medical cannabis card but cannot apply for one themselves.

    Adult patients can contact their designated pharmacy for more information on authorizing a caregiver.

    If the patient is under 18, the caregiver must be a parent or legal guardian responsible for the child’s welfare.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Those under 18 years old can still qualify for a medical marijuana certificate but need a caregiver to handle their medicine. When it comes to those aged under 18 with autism spectrum disorder, both a pediatric specialist and a caregiver must sign off on the minor patient being certified.

Note: There is no set list of qualifying conditions in Louisiana. Patients now qualify for a medical cannabis card if they have any condition their healthcare provider considers debilitating to an individual patient.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Louisiana medical marijuana card:

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    This will be faxed to your local pharmacy upon approval — you don’t need to apply to the state.

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    Proof of Identity

    Driver’s License or State ID. If ID is out-of-state, proof of residency is needed.

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    Proof of Louisiana Residence (Optional)

    Acceptable proof of residence is anything that shows your current address, like:

    • Utility bills,
    • Bank statements,
    • Current property tax statements,
    • Voter registration cards,
    • Health insurance documents.
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Next Steps After Approval

There is no state application in Louisiana. Once approved, you’re ready to go!

  • Choose Dispensary: Your provider will fax your approval certification to the dispensary of your choice. Within 24-48 hours, you’ll be able to go to your dispensary to purchase medical marijuana products.
  • Start Shopping: Show your ID at your chosen dispensary and purchase your medical cannabis.

How to Renew Your Card

The LA medical certification renewal process is similar to getting certified for medical cannabis. You will need to speak with a healthcare provider and verify that you still have one or more qualifying conditions.

Renewing with the same provider who provided your initial certification might be the fastest and easiest way, as they may still have your information on file. Leafwell can help you complete your renewal process. Check out our Louisiana renewal page for more information.

Legal Topics

Navigating the legal landscape of medical marijuana can be a bit tricky, but we’re here to break it down for you. Here are some key points you should be aware of if you’re a medical cannabis patient in Louisiana:

  • Adults 18 and older with a valid medical marijuana certificate from a licensed healthcare provider can purchase up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products, with the final amount to be approved by the prescribing provider.
  • No Recreational Use: Just a heads-up—recreational marijuana is still a no-go in Louisiana. Your medical cannabis card doesn’t give you a free pass for recreational use.
  • Cultivation is Off-Limits: Even if you’re a medical marijuana patient, growing your own cannabis plants is illegal in Louisiana.

Caregivers

Louisiana does not have an official caregiver program, but pharmacies will allow patients to authorize another person to purchase medical marijuana on their behalf. Patients can contact their designated pharmacy for more information.

Reciprocity

Louisiana gives legal protections to verified out-of-state patients and allows those patients to purchase medical marijuana products from the state’s dispensaries.

Several other states also practice medical marijuana reciprocity and may recognize a Louisiana patient’s status as such.

However, you may need to request a physical copy of your certification to benefit from medical reciprocity.

Other states that recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey *
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

FAQs

How much does a Louisiana medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Louisiana medical marijuana certificate is $99 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation.

Please note: Louisiana’s medical marijuana program doesn’t issue physical medical marijuana cards or certificates. Instead, the patient’s recommendation will be faxed directly to their pharmacy of choice. Processing time may vary from a few hours to a few days, depending on the location.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Self-injuring behavior, physically aggressive or destructive behavior, avoidance/inability to communicate to where the physical health is jeopardized)
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Concussion diagnosed by an authorized clinician
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Intractable Pain
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Severe Muscle Spasms
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Any condition where a patient is receiving hospice care or palliative care
  • Any condition a provider considers debilitating to a patient through their medical education and training

What do I need to know about applying for my medical cannabis card in Louisiana online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Louisiana medical marijuana certificate online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Louisiana-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations cost $99 and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. If your Leafwell provider decides to recommend medical marijuana, they will fax your certificate directly to your pharmacy of choice.
  3. As soon as the pharmacy has processed your approval, you can legally purchase cannabis from that pharmacy. Processing time may vary from only a few hours to a few days.

Please note: LA’s medical marijuana program does not issue physical cards to patients. Your designated pharmacy retains a copy of your doctor’s recommendation.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Louisiana?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a medical marijuana recommendation in Louisiana.

Minor patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Louisiana?

Louisiana does not have an official caregiver program, but pharmacies will allow patients to authorize another person to purchase medicine on their behalf. Patients can contact their designated pharmacy for more information.

How do I apply for the state program in Louisiana?

Once you get a medical marijuana approval, you don’t need to do anything! The Louisiana medical marijuana program does not offer a physical medical marijuana card, so there’s no state paperwork, and Leafwell will fax your recommendation to your pharmacy of choice. You can find a list of pharmacies here.

As soon as the pharmacy receives your recommendation from us, you can legally purchase medical cannabis products there. Please note that processing times vary by pharmacy, typically within a few hours to a few days. Don’t forget to bring a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with you to the pharmacy.