Louisiana Marijuana Information
There are changes in the air in Louisiana! Marijuana has been illegal here as in other states, and still is. However, the governor recently signed into law their first medical marijuana bill. The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill (62-31) that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the FIRST in the South — to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This is GREAT news for patients in Louisiana, and we’re hoping that this is the first step toward legalization. As recreational marijuana is not legal in Louisiana yet, here are some facts you need to know.
Under Louisiana law, Marijuana is a schedule I(C) hallucinogenic substance. So, that means that possession of 14 grams or less will cost you $300 and/or up to 15 days in jail. Oh, but wait – it gets much more more intense for possession of greater amounts and especially for selling or growing. In Louisiana hash and concentrates are considered the same as marijuana and are just as illegal, so please don’t go thinking you can easily or safely dab; use caution and be aware if you do because they’re still against the law.
Of course New Orleans wants to push the boundaries a bit. Thank you, Big Easy! March of 2016 saw Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, signing a bill into law to decriminalize possession in that city. It went into effect in June 2016. One would think that in the state where you can drink Hurricanes on the street in the Big Easy marijuana use wouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. Law enforcement has very little tolerance for marijuana use, and though citizens are fairly tolerant the police are strict. That is the report for now. We always urge caution and care. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Louisiana Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Can I buy marijuana in Louisiana?
Unfortunately no – recreational cannabis cannot be obtained not legally. Medical marijuana has recently been legalized, but it still isn’t super easy to get your hands on a medical card, or access to a state-licensed caregiver. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Louisiana Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Can I buy medical marijuana in Louisiana?
If you have been issued a Louisiana Medical Marijuana card, you can access medical cannabis. Getting a card or finding a caregiver can be tough, though!
Where can I buy marijuana in Louisiana?
Though access is still kind of tough, medical cannabis is legal in Louisiana. You will need to find a state licensed caregiver, or keep an eye out for a state licensed dispensary. If you choose to imbibe recreationally, keep your wits about you, because until the laws change if you do use pot in Louisiana be very aware of the lack of tolerance and the harshness of the penalties.
What can I expect to pay for pot in Louisiana?
Again, it’s still illegal and we don’t condone breaking the law. That said, the price of marijuana will vary based on strain and quality, and it will also be highly dependent on what the tax percentage is. You can expect prices to be between $10 to $30 per gram. Take a look at www.thepriceofweed.com for more.
What kind of variety of weed is there in the South?
There are so many strains and hybrids of cannabis now that it’s tough to keep track, which is another of the many reasons that legalization is so important. When pot is legal it’s monitored from seed to sale and is therefore consistently high quality and clean. When cannabis is legal in Louisiana, you can expect to encounter invigorating Sativas, calming Indicas, and all kinds of hybrids in between, just like everywhere else. .
What can I do to help?
Register to vote. Pay attention to local and state candidates to see who is supporting reasonable laws for patients and other adults who want to exercise their human right to consume cannabis, and VOTE!
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Is cannabis legal in Louisiana?
Yes and no. Medical marijuana is legal for qualified patients to purchase at state-approved pharmacies. Cannabis for recreational use remains illegal in Louisiana.
Act No. 874 of the 1991 Louisiana legislative session legalized medical marijuana. But it used the word “prescribe,” putting doctors in the crosshairs of federal law enforcement, and it made no allowances for dispensing, selling, or possessing medical cannabis.
Subsequent legislation, SB No. 541 , tweaked qualifying conditions and called on the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to oversee the Therapeutic Marijuana Utilization Board and facilitate the licensing of doctors, producers, and pharmacies. However, neither the board nor the DHH made substantive progress toward getting medical cannabis into the hands of patients.
In 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed SB 271 , making Louisiana the first state in the Deep South to create a comprehensive medical cannabis program. The bill replaced language in the 1991 medical marijuana law stating that physicians must “prescribe” medical marijuana to patients, which was impossible because marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law . Physicians can only recommend cannabis to a patient since all federal Schedule I drugs are considered dangerous and without medical value.
SB 271 mandated that medical marijuana must be provided in processed, non-smokable forms and distributed to patients through up to 10 pharmacies. It gave LSU and Southern University the right of first refusal to become licensed marijuana production centers for the state, and allowed for one additional producer to be licensed. But the state delayed implementation several times because of legislative changes, supply availability, and a lack of testing laboratories.
In June 2018, Edwards signed HB 579 and HB 627 , which expanded the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana and called on LSU and Southern University to conduct research on the medicinal value of marijuana.
In 2018, the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners eliminated a rule that made 100 patients the maximum number that could be treated by doctors licensed under the state’s medical marijuana program. The board also removed a restriction that required patients to see their doctor every 90 days to renew orders for medical cannabis.
In 2020, when coronavirus pandemic restrictions shut down legislative sessions in many states, Louisiana passed three new laws relevant to its medical marijuana program. HB 211 protected banks and physicians and HB 418 protected hospitals from state marijuana-related prosecution. HB 819 both expanded the list of qualifying conditions and made it obsolete by allowing physicians to recommend marijuana for any debilitating condition they are qualified to treat if they believe the patient will benefit.
The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners oversees the state’s medical marijuana program for physicians. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) oversees regulations governing the cultivation, processing, and testing of cannabis. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy is responsible for licensing dispensaries, determining allowable forms of cannabis, and developing testing rules.
Once a patient has been seen by a credentialed physician and that physician has transmitted a medical marijuana recommendation (including dosage) to the pharmacy, a patient can make a purchase. The Board of Pharmacy adopted rules specifying allowed forms of medical marijuana in Louisiana.
Those forms include:
- Metered-dose inhalers
- Topical oils or lotions
- Transdermal patches
Patients can purchase up to a one-month supply of medical marijuana products from permitted pharmacies, which are distributed throughout the state.
Recommended doses and purchased amounts of cannabis are recorded and monitored in the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Tracking System.
Louisiana pharmacies can sell cannabis procured from one of two growing facilities, both in Baton Rouge, licensed by the LDAF: Louisiana State University in partnership with GB Sciences or Southern University in partnership with Ilera Holistic Healthcare.
Finding licensed pharmacies in Louisiana
Medical marijuana patients can find licensed pharmacies in Louisiana and search by cities including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport.
Unprocessed forms of cannabis, including flower, are illegal for possession and consumption.
Patients cannot consume medical marijuana in public.
Patients and caregivers may possess up to a one-month supply, as determined by their physician, of non-smokable cannabis in a form recommended by their physician.
View the marijuana laws & regulations for Lousiana.