Louisiana Legal Information

In 2015, Louisiana attempted to update it dormant medical cannabis law with the passage of SB 143. While a good symbolic step for the state to take, but it will not do anything to help the patients of the state have safe and legal access to medical cannabis therapy. The state regrettably used the term “prescribe” rather than “recommend” in its physician authorizing language, but due to the federal Schedule I status of cannabis, no physician will be able to write prescriptions unless there is a major change at the federal level.

However, in 2016, the state passed and signed a pair of bills, SB 271 and SB 180. The pair of bills fixes the “prescription” language issue, establishes legal protection for patients, and expands the qualifying conditions. However, legal protects for producers and dispensers is left unaddressed, which could prevent the program from functioning.

In This Section

Louisiana's Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

Louisiana has one medical cannabis bill, though they have not yet drafted rules and regulations.

Becoming a Patient in Louisiana

The Louisiana law says there are no limitations on CBD, but the levels of THC in any marijuana produced shall be reduced to the lowest acceptable therapeutic levels available through scientifically accepted methods.

Recommending Cannabis in Louisiana

Medical professionals must prescribe medical cannabis and be registered in the state database.

Facing State or Federal Charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.