Louisiana Medical Marijuana

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Qualifying Conditions

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable pain (defined as “pain so chronic or severe as to otherwise warrant an opiate prescription”)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizure disorders/spasticity
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Any other condition not otherwise specified “that a physician, in his medical opinion, considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat”

State Agency

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Program

Physician Certification

Any physicians licensed in good standing with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners may issue recommendations within the context of a bona fide doctor-patient relationship if “in the sincere judgment of the physician, therapeutic cannabis may be helpful to the patient's condition or symptoms.” The recommendation may be “communicated by any means allowed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.”


Q. Will I be able to grow medical marijuana at home?

A. No, unlike some other states, LRS 40:1046 – 1047 does not permit home-grow of medical marijuana. Only a registered licensee will be allowed to grow medical marijuana.

Q. Will the form of medical marijuana be smokable or a vapor?

A. The law states that it can not be in raw form or smoked. The acceptable forms
are oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension, gelatin-based chewables, lotions, transdermal patches, and

Q. How many pharmacies were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy
to distribute medical marijuana?

A. Currently nine (9) licensed pharmacies were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Q. Will the Department conduct testing Laboratory Testing?

A. Yes, the Department will handle, test or analyze medical marijuana concentrate and medical marijuana products.

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