Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

1978: The Governor signed a bill to allow a small number of people access to medical marijuana however, due to the language of the bill, patients could not obtain medicine.
1991: Spastic quadriplegia was added to the list of qualifying conditions however, there was still a lack of legal framework.
2015: The Governor signed a bill to significantly reduce possession penalties and another bill that set up a framework for dispensing medicinal marijuana.
2019: Medical marijuana sales began in August 2019.

History

In 1978, Governor Edwin Edwards signed a bill that allowed those suffering from glaucoma and those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatments access to medicinal marijuana. However, due to the language of the bill, patients could not successfully obtain medicine. In 1991, spastic quadriplegia was added to the list of qualifying conditions however, a program framework was still not put into place.

In 2015, marijuana possession penalties were reduced significantly. That same year, Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill to lay a framework for dispensing medicinal marijuana. In August 2019, medical marijuana sales began. Doctors are able to “recommend” medical marijuana to patients who can obtain it from state-licensed medical cannabis pharmacies. Currently, the medical program in Louisiana is among one of the strictest in the nation however, there have been various bills passed to expand the program – adding more qualifying conditions and approving the use of additional forms.

FAQs

Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Louisiana?

Patients can possess up to a 30-day supply of marijuana. To possess medical marijuana, you must suffer from one of the qualifying conditions. Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to: autism, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and severe muscle spasms. No smokable forms of marijuana are legal at this time but patients can inhale through a metered-inhaler device and consume through edibles, oils and extracts. Marijuana can only be purchased from a state-licensed medical cannabis pharmacy.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Louisiana?

No. A person is guilty of a DUI if they are driving under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance, including marijuana.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Louisiana?

In order to get access to medical marijuana in Louisiana, you must suffer from one of the qualifying conditions. You must get a recommendation (not a prescription) from a physician that is certified to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Louisiana doesn’t issue “cards” as other state programs do. When you receive a recommendation, you are added to a patient registry and will receive a recommendation that can be used at a state-licensed medical cannabis pharmacy.

Can I use marijuana in public in Louisiana?

No.

Can I sell marijuana in Louisiana?

Medical marijuana can only be purchased from a state-licensed medical cannabis pharmacy.

Disclaimer

The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Louisiana marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.