Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical marijuana legal in Louisiana?

    Yes, medical marijuana is legal for qualifying medical patients in the state of Louisiana.

  • What about recreational marijuana?

    No, Louisiana has yet to legalize recreational marijuana. It is a medical state only.

  • Who oversees Louisiana's cannabis programs?

    In terms of cultivation and farming, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry oversees these departments. The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners regulates the state’s medical marijuana program, while the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy is in charge of dispensary licensing, testing regulations, and determining which forms of marijuana are allowed for consumption.

  • Who can purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana?

    Any Louisiana resident who has been recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners as suffering from a severe medical condition can be put on the state’s medical marijuana registry. Then, patients will be recommended to one of nine licensed dispensaries, but they can go to whichever they choose.

  • What are medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use in Louisiana?

    In 2020, Louisiana passed a bill allowing for physicians (Board-recognized) to recommend medical marijuana to any patient they believe could benefit from it. However, the patient must have a well-established relationship with the physician, able to provide medical documents and records to prove legitimacy.

  • Are there caregivers in Louisiana?

    In Louisiana, you can only receive a caregiver if the patient is under the age of 18 and has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The caregiver must be the patient’s parent or legal guardian.

  • Can I buy medical marijuana with my out-of-state medical card?

    No. There is no reciprocity for out-of-state cardholders. You must be in the Louisiana registry to buy medical marijuana in the state.

  • What types of medical marijuana are allowed in the state?

    In Louisiana, it is illegal to consume or possess any unprocessed forms of cannabis, including cannabis flower. The only accepted forms of marijuana are listed below:


    • Extracts
    • Capsules
    • Gummies
    • Oils
    • Sprays
    • Metered-dose inhalers
    • Suppositories
    • Tinctures
    • Topical oils or lotions
    • Transdermal patches

  • How do you find licensed dispensaries in Louisiana?

    Currently, there are only a handful of licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Your physician may recommend the closest dispensary in your area, or you can use websites like Weedmaps to see all of your different options. 

  • What are the marijuana possession laws in Louisiana?

    Both patients and caregivers are legally allowed to possess a one-month supply (30 days) of legal medical marijuana product recommended by a physician.

  • Can you grow marijuana at home?

    No. In Louisiana, at-home cultivation is illegal and punishable by law. Smokable cannabis flower is not legal for cultivation, consumption, or possession whatsoever.