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louisiana marijuana laws

Individuals with a legal recommendation from their doctor are permitted to possess and use medical marijuana, and state-licensed pharmacies may dispense medical marijuana. Only existing pharmacies are permitted to dispense medical marijuana.

 

Louisiana State University and Southern University are responsible for growing medical marijuana. No more than 10 pharmacies may obtain licenses to dispense marijuana within the state. 

 

Key Dates

There are no applications available in Louisiana at this time.

Application Fees/Start up costs

There are no applications available in Louisiana at this time.

Available License Types

No more than 10 pharmacies may obtain licenses to dispense marijuana within the state. Only existing pharmacies are allowed to dispense medical marijuana. 

 

Louisiana State University and Southern University are responsible for cultivation of medical marijuana. 

 

Qualifying Conditions 

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • Seizure disorders

  • Epilepsy

  • Spasticity

  • Severe muscle spasms

  • Intractable pain

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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History 

In 2015, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed SB 143, authorizing Louisiana’s physicians to recommend medical marijuana to qualifying patients. In May of 2016, the legislature passed S.B. 271 to augment the medical marijuana program, expanding the list of qualifying medical conditions and speeding up the growing and distribution process in order to provide medical marijuana to patients more quickly. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy was tasked with regulating the dispensary program. 

 

In September 2018, the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners removed a rule that limited the number of patients allowed to receive medical recommendations. In addition to lifting the patient cap, the board agreed to remove a requirement for patients to see their doctor every 90 days to renew their order for medical cannabis. These actions will increase patient access to the state’s medical marijuana program.
 

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Business Guidelines

  • The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy was tasked to regulate the dispensary program.

  • Only existing pharmacies are allowed to dispense medical marijuana

  • Not more than 10 pharmacies may obtain licenses to dispense marijuana within the state.

  • Louisiana State University and Southern University are the only authorized, licensed medical marijuana cultivators and processors. Louisiana State University is partnered with GB Sciences and Southern University is partnered with Ilera Holistic Healthcare for operations. 

  • The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has developed the rules for dispensing, supply, quality, testing and licensure for the program.

No Licenses available. Application period closed.

 

https://www.wafb.com/2019/07/30/which-medical-conditions-qualify-medical-marijuana-treatment-la/

MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT QUALIFY:

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • Seizure disorders

  • Epilepsy

  • Spasticity

  • Severe muscle spasms

  • Intractable pain

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Certain conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder also qualify to be treated with medical marijuana. They include the following:

  • Repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized

  • Avoidance of others or inability to communicate of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized

  • Self-injuring behavior

  • Physically aggressive or destructive behavior

market landscape

There are only two state-licensed cultivators —  Louisiana State University and Southern University — and only LSU has harvested cannabis. In addition, the state has authorized only nine pharmacies* to dispense medical marijuana.

how to start a marijuana business louisiana

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