Louisiana: Medical Marijuana Handbook
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2021 Louisiana Medical Marijuana Handbook
Louisiana has 3 bordering states consisting of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.
Medical marijuana is legal in Arkansas and is subject to a cannabis sales tax of 6.50%. There is also a 4% cannabis excise tax on all sales of medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Medical marijuana is legal in Texas , but there is no cannabis sales tax on it. There is no cannabis excise tax charged on medical marijuana in Texas.
Medical Marijuana is illegal in Mississippi, so there is no tax on medical marijuana in those states.
About Louisiana Medical Marijuana
Is medical marijuana legal in Louisiana?
Yes, medical marijuana is legal in Louisiana
When and how did Louisiana legalize marijuana for medical use?
Louisiana legalized medical marijuana in 2016. This law was passed using Senate Bill 261 (Alison Neustrom Act); House Bill 286 . The official name for this law is the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana La. R.S. 40:1046
Louisiana Medical Marijuana possession limits
- 2.5 ounces as of 1/1/2022
- The only authorized growers of marijuana in Louisiana are LSU and Southern University.
Is it legal to grow marijuana for medicinal use at home in Louisiana?
No, medical marijuana patients are not allowed to grow marijuana for medicinal use a home.
Unlike other states, Louisiana does not permit home-grow of marijuana for any reason. The Louisiana legislature has authorized only two agricultural centers, Louisiana State University (GB Sciences of Louisiana, LLC) and Southern University (Advanced Biomedics, LLC) to be legal growers of medical marijuana in Louisiana.
Are there medical dispensaries available to patients?
Yes, as long as the patient presents the appropriate documentation for Louisiana.
Marijuana must be dispensed from a licensed pharmacy located in Louisiana. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy must issue a license for a pharmacy to dispense therapeutic use marijuana, but can issue no more than 10 licenses.
The only forms of cannabis that can be dispensed are tincture, topical, edible, and metered-dose format. Raw or smokable forms of marijuana cannot be sold. As of Jan. 1, 2022 Louisiana will allow the dispensing of 2.5 oz of raw or crude marijuana every 14 days to an individual patient. The therapeutic use of marijuana provisions expire Jan. 1, 2025.
Is there a list of specific conditions for medical marijuana in Louisiana?
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Huntington's disease
- Seizure disorders
- Crohn's disease
- many more
The list above, and more detailed information on it, can be found in the Louisiana medical marijuana law
Does Louisiana have a medical registry system or ID card?
No, Louisiana does not keep track of their medical marijuana patients.
Does Louisiana recognize patients from other states?
No, Louisiana does not recognize patients from any state.
Are there any age restrictions for medical marijuana in Louisiana?
No medical marijuana treatment for a condition associated with autism spectrum disorder can be recommended for a patient under the age of 18 unless the physician first consults with a pediatric specialist who provides care to patients with autism spectrum disorder. There do not appear to be any limitations on prescribing marijuana for a patient under the age of 18.
As of January 1, 2022 patients under the age of 21 can be prescribed raw or crude marijuana provided they have a recommendation specifically for that form from a licensed physician.