DOES THE STATE OF LOUISIANA HAVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM?
- Act 261 was passed in 2015 which allows physicians to recommend Medical Marijuana.
- Louisiana has not legalized recreational marijuana.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
RESIDENT OF LOUISIANA
The patient must be a resident of Louisiana. Proof of Louisiana residency is required.
QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION
You MUST have a diagnosis from the following list to qualify for medical marijuana. This list is codified in state law.
- Positive status for HIV
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Seizure disorders
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Severe muscle spasms
- Intractable pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Some cases of Autism spectrum disorder
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE DISPENSARIES?
No more than 10 dispensaries for medical marijuana can operate at once. As of June 13th, there are nine dispensaries that have been approved. For current information, please visit the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
WHAT OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA ARE AVAILABLE?
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
Routes of administration are determined by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
The active compounds in medical marijuana are THC and CBD. The medicinal products available to patients have varying degrees of THC and CBD.
Despite both THC and CBD being the active compounds in medical marijuana, they both have very different uses.
Your physician's evaluation will determine the appropriate strength.
TIME TO EFFECT
The time to peak effect is how long it takes the patient to feel the effects of the medical marijuana. Some preparations have a shorter time to effect.
Your doctor also needs to consider the duration of the medication. This basically means how long the effects of the medical marijuana should last.