How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Louisiana
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Louisiana?
Yes! Medical marijuana is legal in Louisiana! The Pelican State established Louisiana medical marijuana laws decades ago, and the first cannabis dispensary opened in Baton Rouge in August 2019. Since then, Louisiana's medical marijuana program has expanded to include more qualifying conditions and more cannabis products, including medical marijuana flower!
What Conditions Are Approved for Treatment With Medical Marijuana in LA?
If you’re wondering how to get a medical marijuana card in Louisiana, it’s actually quite simple. You just need a doctor’s recommendation. To receive a medical marijuana card in Louisiana, a certified Louisiana doctor needs to diagnose you with a qualifying condition. Fortunately for Louisiana patients, a physician can recommend medical marijuana for any condition determined to improve with the use of cannabis as a treatment!
The following is a list of the most common Louisiana medical marijuana qualifying conditions:
Hospice or palliative care
Spinal muscular atrophy
Any debilitating condition if a physician believes a patient will benefit
Get Approved in 3 Easy Steps
Schedule an online medical marijuana evaluation appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our Louisiana-certified medical marijuana physicians through telemedicine, to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your medical marijuana recommendation to start shopping at Louisiana dispensaries!
Your Telemedicine Appointment
Now that you know how to get a medical marijuana card in Louisiana, it’s time to learn more about what’s involved with the process. At the appointment, the first thing you and your Louisiana medical marijuana doctor will likely discuss is your condition as well as your medical history. It is helpful for your MMJ doctor if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a medical marijuana certification from the doctor.
If your Louisiana medical marijuana doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition and believes medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option, you will receive a recommendation for medical marijuana products as part of your treatment plan.
Your Louisiana MMJ doctor will then send your cannabis recommendation to a licensed medical marijuana dispensary, where you can get access to treatment as a medical marijuana patient in the state of Louisiana. The doctor's signed certification will be used as the official medical marijuana patient ID document, allowing you to buy legal medical cannabis products from Louisiana dispensaries.
We are here to help if you have any questions about medical marijuana in Louisiana or if you need help obtaining your medical records for your evaluation. We even offer unlimited follow-up appointments with your medical marijuana doctor to help ensure that you are on the right track with your cannabis treatment plan.
What Information and Forms Are Required When a Patient Applies for Medical Marijuana in LA?
An important part of knowing how to get a marijuana card is knowing what information is required ahead of time. The following documents are required when submitting your application to your chosen pharmacy:
• The completed physician written certification
• Photocopy of your Louisiana-issued driver’s license or state ID—Please be aware that your name and address on your application form must match what is listed on your Louisiana driver’s license or ID
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting Your Louisiana Office or Having an Online Evaluation?
We can’t guarantee approval for medical marijuana for anyone, as only the Louisiana marijuana doctor can make the determination for qualifying patients. To make it more likely that you receive a certification for medical cannabis from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your condition, symptoms, and past treatments.
Why Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card?
Louisiana Dispensary Access
Medical marijuana products should always be purchased from a Louisiana-licensed dispensary. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy supports the use of medical marijuana as a safe and effective method of treatment for many qualifying conditions. With your Louisiana medical marijuana recommendation in hand, you’ll be able to access all Louisiana dispensaries and purchase cannabis products tailored to meet your treatment needs.
When you have your MMJ card, you can choose any Louisiana dispensary to purchase tinctures, edibles, metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), medical marijuana distillate (RSO), and medical marijuana flower.
In some cases, you can even get medical marijuana delivered right to your home! A few Louisiana dispensaries offer convenient online ordering and delivery for medical marijuana patients in their region of the state.
Patient Product Confidence
Each licensed Louisiana dispensary offers a wide variety of medical cannabis products, providing each patient with the opportunity to obtain the perfect match of THC and CBD strength. They carry Indica and Sativa strains, and many products feature terpene blends to effectively manage your specific symptoms.
The best thing about buying medical marijuana from a Louisiana dispensary is that you know exactly what you are getting every time you shop. Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing cannabis products that are accurately labeled, and all products come through the agricultural departments at either Louisiana State University (LSU) or Southern University.
Your Louisiana marijuana card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are a registered and certified patient in the state medical marijuana program. Show them your cannabis card and they will know that you are legally allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products in the state.
Access to Other States
While a Louisiana medical marijuana card will get you access to all dispensaries located within the state, you won’t be able to use it very much outside of Louisiana’s borders. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact, you might end up getting more value than you originally anticipated. Arkansas offers Louisiana medical marijuana patients visiting the state an opportunity to shop at their medical marijuana dispensaries when they pre-register and pay a small fee to shop as a guest patient.
Additionally, many other states with medical marijuana laws already on the books offer reciprocity with their program. What this means is that your marijuana card from Louisiana will allow you to purchase marijuana in states that have similar requirements when the state authorizes reciprocation.