Status: In Louisiana, individuals with a legal recommendation from their doctor may be in possession of medical marijuana, and state licensed pharmacies may dispense medical marijuana.
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The History of Louisiana Marijuana
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed SB 143 on June 29, 2015 amending, therefore, re-enacting the 1991 Alison Neustrom Act- allowing Louisiana’s physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to qualifying patients. The act only covered 3 conditions to qualify a patient for medical marijuana possession and use which are suffering from spastic quadriplegia, cancer and/or glaucoma.
In May of 2016, S.B. 271 to expand the medical marijuana program in the state passed, expanding the list of qualifying medical conditions and speeding up the growing and distribution process in order provide patients with access to medicine quicker.
The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy was tasked to regulate the dispensary program. Only existing pharmacies are allowed to dispense medical marijuana and a single production facility will be responsible for growing, which either or both of the Louisiana State University and Southern University have first right of refusal to collaboratively or separately grow medical marijuana. Not more than 10 pharmacies may obtain licenses to dispense marijuana within the state. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has developed the rules for dispensing, supply, quality, testing and licensure for the program.