Louisiana: Select Pharmacies to Begin Dispensing Medical Cannabis Products

Baton Rouge, LA: Designated facilities this week began accepting the delivery of medical cannabis products in accordance with the state’s four-year-old marijuana access law.

Lawmakers initially approved the establishment of the state’s medical cannabis access program in 2015, but its rollout has experienced numerous delays. Under the law, licensed cannabis products may only be grown and manufactured by operations affiliated with two of the state’s universities, LSU and Southern University. Nine dispensaries throughout the state are designated to provide cannabis products.

The first products available to patients are cannabis-infused tinctures. Although the law initially limited cannabis preparations to non-herbal formulations only, legislation enacted this year also now permits patients to obtain marijuana "in a form to be administered by metered-dose inhaler."

Patients may be eligible for medical cannabis products if they are diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress, or other qualifying ailments. To date, 84 state-licensed physicians have received authorization to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.