Regulatory Framework

The regulatory framework for cannabis in Louisiana involves several departments. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) oversees the medical cannabis program, including consumable hemp products. The LDH also handles registration and compliance of consumable hemp products for sale in the state[2].

Legal Status

The legal status of cannabis in Louisiana varies between medical and adult use. Medical cannabis is legal under specific regulations, while adult use remains illegal.

Market Status Act/Law Year
Adult-Use Illegal Acts 2019, No. 164, §1; Acts 2020, No. 344, §1; Acts 2021, No. 336, §1; Acts 2022, No. 498, §1, eff. June 16, 2022 [1] 2022
Medical Legal The Louisiana Therapeutic Cannabis Act [7] 2022
Homegrow Illegal Acts 2022, No. 498, §1, eff. June 16, 2022 [1] 2022


The Louisiana Medical Cannabis Tracking System (LMMTS) is employed to track medical cannabis from the seed stage until it is sold as a finished product or destroyed. This system ensures regulatory compliance throughout the distribution chain[3].


Medical cannabis licensing in Louisiana is highly regulated with licenses for cultivation tied specifically to two state university agricultural centers which contract third-party firms for cultivation processes[5].

License Type Description
Medical Cannabis Vendor Authorized universities and their contracted firms handle the cultivation, processing, and distribution of medical cannabis. [5]

Possession Limits

Louisiana has specific possession limits for cannabis, differing significantly between medical and recreational uses, with strict penalties for violations[8][7].

Item Possession Limit
Medical Cannabis Up to two and one-half ounces of raw or crude cannabis every fourteen days per patient [8]
Unregulated Less than 14 grams results in a fine, more than 14 grams may lead to imprisonment [8]

Medical Cannabis

Patients in Louisiana must be suffering from a qualifying debilitating condition as defined by the state law to be eligible for medical cannabis use. The process involves a bona fide clinician-patient relationship and a recommendation from an authorized clinician within the scope of their professional practice[7].

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