Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctors
While currently there is no operational medical marijuana program established for Louisiana patients, the state government implemented several pieces of legislation, most recently in 2016 with SB 271 and SB 180, to provide a promising foundation to a potential future Louisiana Medical Marijuana program.
What medical conditions qualify for medical marijuana in Louisiana:
Debilitating Medical Conditions as defined by law include:
Positive status for HIV
Cachexia or Wasting syndrome
How do I receive a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Recommendation as a Patient:
Doctors licensed by (and in good standing with) the Louisiana State Medical Board and who reside in Louisiana may recommend medical marijuana to patients clinically diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition in any form (to be determined) by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Those forms exclude inhalation, raw or crude marijuana, THC or a chemically derived version of THC.
How doctors may recommend medical marijuana for therapeutic use has yet to be determined by Louisiana government.
Before dispensing or recommending medical marijuana, both the doctor and person dispensing must review the patient’s information in the Prescription Monitoring Program.
***Currently, Louisiana’s Board of Pharmacy has no deadline in regards to establishing the rules and regulations related to the recommending, dispensing, testing, extracting, cultivating and processing of medical marijuana for medical use.
What Medical Marijuana Patients in Louisiana Should Know:
Any patient, caregiver or parent of a minor in possession of medical marijuana (or in possession of marijuana on behalf of their minor child) is protected from prosecution for the possession or distribution of marijuana.
Louisiana Marijuana Regulation Updates:
While these regulations may someday prove practicable to create a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, much more work needs to be accomplished in the finalizing regulations and cementing laws before allowing patients to qualify for and access medical marijuana. Some activity is in motion, as Southern University and LSU are currently seeking contractors to begin cultivating medical marijuana, and are vetting outside investors eager to help jump start Louisiana’s cannabis industry.
For more doctor and patient updates, check back on this page for news, or to get involved with regulations, contact your local State Representative or the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy at www.pharmacy.la.gov.
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