Medical marijuana officially became legal in Louisiana in 2016. Medical marijuana cannot be in raw or smokable form and must be sold as oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension, gelatin-based chewables, transdermal patches, and suppositories.
The state does not allow the cultivation of marijuana for personal use.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Permit
To receive medical marijuana in Louisiana, an applicant must first receive a physician’s recommendation that says that they have one of the qualifying conditions. With the recommendation, the applicant is able to join the state’s online registry and purchase medical marijuana.
Unlike many other states, Louisiana does not issue an actual medical marijuana card to patients.
In Louisiana, an applicant may receive medical marijuana if they (or the person they are providing caregiver services for) has one or more of the following conditions:
- Positive status for HIV, AIDS
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Seizure disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Severe muscle spasms
- Intractable pain
- Post-traumatic disorder
- Some symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder.
Where to Buy
Nine licensed pharmacies have been appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to sell medical cannabis products. Marijuana products first became available for sale in Louisiana in August 2019, but the program has been plagued by high prices and a limited selection for the time being.
Louisiana does not recognize medical marijuana licenses from other states.
Taxes and Medical Marijuana in Louisiana
While prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax in Louisiana, medical marijuana patients have to pay the 5% sales tax on their purchases in the state’s dispensaries.