Medical Marijuana in Louisiana

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Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Louisiana - Qualifying Conditions:

  • cancer,
  • positive status for HIV,
  • AIDS,
  • cachexia or wasting syndrome,
  • seizure disorders,
  • epilepsy,
  • spasticity,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • muscular dystrophy,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • glaucoma,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • severe muscle spasms,
  • intractable pain,
  • post traumatic disorder,
  • and some symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder.

The program also now includes any of the following conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder:

  • 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

Further, on 5/19/20 - The Louisiana House of Representatives approved bills letting doctors recommend medical cannabis for any debilitating medical condition and to allow for medical marijuana delivery services.

On, 5/28/20 - The Louisiana Senate approved a House-passed bill to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana for any debilitating condition they see fit. The House needs to sign off on one last amendment before it goes to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).

6/17/20 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a bill that will let patients get medical cannabis for any debilitating condition their doctors see fit. He also approved legislation on marijuana business banking access and legal protections for doctors.

Connect with MMJ Doctors in Louisiana

With a growing roster of Doctors who can prescribe cannabis all over Louisiana, CalmEffect is ready to help. Learn how you can get your medical card in Lousiana by filling out the form on this page.

Our 3-Step Doctor Process Works

By following these steps, if your doctor recommends medical marijuana as a solution for your condition and unique symptoms, you'll be eligible for a Louisiana medical marijuana card with access to our growing roster of dispensaries across the entire state. Mail-order and walk-ins are available.

If you are ready to start your journey with Medical Marijuana in Louisiana, we are here to help you.

Louisiana has had therapeutic or medical cannabis legislation on the books since 1991. However, before the past few years, it hasn’t had much success because there were no protections in place that made it worth the risk for doctors to recommend and patients to seek. It wasn’t until August 1, 2019, that the first round of state-approved medical cannabis was ready to be available for patients.

Doctors must be certified by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to recommend medical marijuana to patients. CalmEffect is working hard to develop our doctor network in Louisiana and we expect more doctors to become certified as the state's program matures.

Cannabis remains illegal for recreational usage throughout the state. First-time possession of the drug remains a criminal offense but was decriminalized statewide in 2015 to a $300 fine and/or 15 days in jail. Possession of marijuana has also been decriminalized in the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  See full details here.

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6/26/20 - Louisiana regulators announced that the state's first batch on industrial hemp has been tested.

6/18/20 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a hemp and CBD bill.

6/17/20 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a bill that will let patients get medical cannabis for any debilitating condition their doctors see fit. He also approved legislation on marijuana business banking access and legal protections for doctors. 

6/4/20 - Louisiana lawmakers sent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) a bill to regulate hemp and CBD.

6/2/20 - Louisiana lawmakers sent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) a bill to let doctors recommend medical cannabis for any debilitating condition they see fit. They also approved legislation on marijuana business banking access, legal immunity for doctors and a study on the cannabis industry workforce. 

5/28/20 - The Louisiana Senate approved a House-passed bill to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana for any debilitating condition they see fit. The House needs to sign off on one last amendment before it goes to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).

5/27/20 - The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill to clarify that licensed facilities and physicians serving medical cannabis patients are exempt from being prosecuted under certain drug laws.

5/19/20 - The Louisiana House of Representatives approved bills letting doctors recommend medical cannabis for any debilitating medical condition and to allow for medical marijuana delivery services. 

5/14/20 - The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee again voted to advance legislation to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions, and members also discussed a proposal to enact price controls on products. 

5/11/20 - The Louisiana House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development approved a bill on hemp and CBD regulation.

5/4/20 - The Louisiana House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development will consider a hemp and CBD bill on Thursday.

4/27/20 - A poll found that Louisiana voters oppose legalizing marijuana, 54%-37%. 

12/25/19 - Louisiana regulators are fast-tracking hemp rules, with the first cultivation licenses expected to be issued in February 2020.

December 15, 2019

Louisiana Readying the Rules for Industrial Hemp Farming

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With industrial hemp promoted as a new cash crop for struggling farmers, Louisiana’s agriculture department is fast-tracking the regulations for the newly legal commodity, with the first grower licenses expected to win approval in February.

Interested farmers are packing orientation sessions to learn about the lengthy paperwork, licensing, testing and reporting requirements the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is enacting to govern industrial hemp production in Louisiana, under a program overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers earlier this year.

The regulatory requirements are lengthy — and the oversight of growing operations is intense — as state officials seek to encourage production of hemp as a way farmers can diversify their crops, while also ensuring none of the hemp farming operations cross over into marijuana growth.

Hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family but contains only traces of the THC chemical compound that causes a high for marijuana users. Hemp is used for textiles, fuels, clothing, body lotion, paper, rope and chemical absorbents, among other products.

To remain in compliance with Louisiana’s hemp-growing regulations, the plants’ THC level must not top 0.3%. Anything above that must be destroyed as a controlled substance, Guidry cautioned repeatedly, telling those at the orientation session that no crop can be harvested until the agriculture department tests for THC level.

Congress paved the way for the hemp program in Louisiana and other states. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp by removing it from the list of federally controlled substances, giving states an opportunity to develop a hemp-growing program, if the U.S. Agriculture Department approves a state’s plan.

At least 47 states have enacted laws aimed at creating industrial hemp programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain pushed to create the state’s law.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry expects to issue the first annual licenses for hemp seed producers, growers and processors on Feb. 20. Applicants must pass a criminal background check. No one convicted of a felony within the last 10 years or a drug-related misdemeanor in the last two years is eligible, Guidry said.

Because hemp hasn’t been legal in Louisiana, the logistics of the startup operation are complicated, with growers bringing in hemp seeds or plantings from other states or countries. Farmers can’t seek to buy and transport those seeds until they are licensed by the agriculture department, and the seeds will need specific lab certifications for approval.

Underlying each point of guidance is a warning: make sure growing operations stay on hemp — and don’t veer into marijuana production. In Louisiana, only two growers contracted by LSU and Southern University are state-sanctioned to grow medical marijuana.

Hemp fields will have to be marked with an official, state-issued sign identifying the crop as industrial hemp with low THC levels. The agriculture department promises to coordinate with law enforcement agencies about the legal hemp operations.  READ MORE

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Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas

Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas

Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:

 

  • New Orleans

 

  • Baton Rouge

Our informed advisors can connect you with a Medical Marijuana in Louisiana Doctor and the medical marijuana dispensary closest to you.

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To inquire about getting your medicinal cannabis prescription, FIND A DOCTOR and schedule an exam today with a local Louisiana doctor.

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