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How to Become a Patient in Louisiana

Dan Ultra

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Becoming a Patient in Louisiana

In 2016, the state passed and signed a pair of bills, SB 271 and SB 180. The pair of bills fixes the "prescription" language issue, establishes legal protection for patients, and expands the qualifying conditions.

What's Legal
Patients will be eligible to possess and use a one-month supply of medicine. As of August 2016, regulations have not been established determining the supply limit.

Eligible Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • A chronic or debilitating disease medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Seizure disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Severe muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Crohn's disease or multiple sclerosis

Application Process
The application process has not be established as of August 2016

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has the responsibility of issuing rules pertaining to recommending medical cannabis. They have not be issued as of August 2016

Access/ Caregivers
Only parents and legal guardians of minor patients are entitled to legal protections for helping a patient acquire and administer medical cannabis in Louisiana.

The law is silent on public consumption.

Age Limits
Minors are allowed to access to medical cannabis.

There are no specific

If you live in housing funded by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Louisiana law will not protect you and you may be subject to eviction, as medical marijuana is not protected under federal law.

The Louisiana medical marijuana law does not require your employer to accommodate your use of marijuana in the workplace.

The laws do not require insurance coverage for the medical use of marijuana.

The Louisiana medical cannabis law only offers limited reciprocity affirmative defense protections for the parents and legal guardians of patients under the age of 18.

For more information
Draft regulations (final regulations should be added later in 2016)

Source: Americans for Safe Access
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