Cannabis Laws in Louisiana

Louisiana has a medical marijuana program, but it is not like many other states' MMJ programs. Louisiana's program does not have cards, and both sides of the political aisle support some form of medical cannabis legalization. Recreational possession is still a crime, but the penalties have been lessened. New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport have decriminalized cannabis.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Louisiana

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Louisiana

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Louisiana

You must be aged 18 or over to get a medical marijuana card. Those under 18 can still qualify for a medical card, but will need a caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregivers must fill out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers must be free from a criminal felony involving controlled substances.

Louisiana law only allows caregivers if the patient is a minor diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy or cancer and the caregiver is the patient’s parent.

Minors with a qualifying health condition and lawful access to medical cannabis must leave school grounds to medicate.

Marijuana Possession Limits in Louisiana

Medical card holders only = A maximum of 30 days’ supply, amount determined by physician. Only non-smokable preparations.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Louisiana

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Louisiana.

Medical Cannabis Qualification and Gun Laws

It is illegal to possess a firearm and a medical marijuana card at the same time in Louisiana.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

Although Louisiana has legalized medical marijuana for qualifying individuals with a physician’s recommendation, the law does not address employer concerns or employment protections. This means that an employer may possibly terminate your employment for positive testing of cannabis, even if medically recommended. You cannot consume cannabis at your place of employment.

Local Cannabis Laws in Louisiana

Cannabis is “decriminalized” statewide in Louisiana, but some cities are less restrictive than others. Possession of small amounts of marijuana has also been decriminalized in the cities of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Possession of 14 grams or less of cannabis is now a misdemeanor, attracting no jail time and a maximum penalty of $100.

There are currently 9 pharmacies within the state dispensing THC products. They are located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Madisonville. A 10th pharmacy license can be issued as needed.