Is Cannabis Legal in Louisiana?

Despite strong opposition from its neighboring bible belt states, as of May 2016 the state of Louisiana granted residential patients with qualifying conditions the opportunity to seek out medicinal cannabis as a treatment option. While it may be some time before the state considers the legalization of recreational marijuana, the passing of medicinal marijuana bill is considered to be a major step in the right direction. Even with the legal limitations lifted from this treatment option, residents must still adhere to the requirements and restrictions set in place by the state.

Conditions Qualified for Obtaining Medical Cannabis

Only patients with a diagnosed qualifying condition may turn to medicinal cannabis as a treatment option. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s list of qualifying conditions is one of the shortest in the country. Conditions that qualify for the use of medicinal marijuana include: Cachexia (wasting syndrome), cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Muscular dystrophy, Multiple sclerosis, and seizure disorders (spasticity). Qualifying conditions must be diagnosed by a licensed health care professional.

Patients that do qualify for medicinal cannabis treatment are permitted to hold up to a 30-day supple of non-smokable preparations of marijuana. However, any form of cultivation is not permitted by the law, and is only granted to single, state-licensed supply sources.

The bill granted only a year ago, so state-licensed dispensaries are not currently operational, however, residents anticipate to see them in the near future once taxing and licensing laws has been set into place by the state.

Future of Medicinal Cannabis in Louisiana

Due to how new the recent medicinal laws are, there are a number of expected changes and modifications to be made in the over the course of the next year. For this reason, we suggest staying up to date on all current laws prior to obtaining any medicinal cannabis. Remember, laws are only valid for Louisiana residents, and any form of transporting marijuana out of the states is still illegal.

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After a battery of tests and misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease twelve years ago, and thus began a long battle with trial-and-error medical treatments. I changed my diet several times, even though my doctors didn’t seem confident it would change much (it didn’t), went to physical therapy for pain-related issues, and took so many different pharmaceuticals I can’t even begin to recall each and every one. My days were foggy due to side effects from pharmaceuticals, such as steroids, that made me feel worse than I did before I even took them.

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