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Louisiana

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : 5,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $44,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: The nine (9) medical dispensaries (called “pharmacies”) and the supply chain are allowed to remain open during this time, and delivery to patients is now allowed. http://www.pharmacy.la.gov/assets/docs/EmergencyCommunications/2020_COVID-19/COVID-19_BoardGuidance_PHY-TM_2020-0317.pdf }}

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 10 [called “pharmacies” instead of dispensaries] (9 issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): 2. Medical marijuana will only be grown and extracted at the agriculture centers of Louisiana State University and Southern University. LSU has a contract with GB Sciences to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. Louisiana Southern University has contracted Advanced Biomedics for medical marijuana cultivation and production.

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): Integrated with Cultivation [See above]

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): Not presently known

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: One dispensary will operate in each of the nine regions of the state established by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Application Fee: 
Pharmacy application (non-refundable): $5,000

Licensing Fees: 
New Pharmacy permit: $150
Pharmacy permit renewal (yearly): $125
Controlled Dangerous Substance license: $25
Controlled Dangerous Substance license renewal (yearly): $25
Prescription monitoring program fee: $25 (yearly)

Residency Requirements: 
Not presently known

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
Not presently known, but also not really possible, as there is only one cultivation/manufacturing license, which two universities have the right of first refusal to acquire, and distribution can only be by a licensed pharmacy

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
– Cancer
– HIV/ AIDS
– Multiple Sclerosis
– Muscular Dystrophy
– Crohn’s Disease
– Cachexia (weakening or wasting away of the body due to chronic illness 
– Epilepsy
– Any of these four conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder as an eligible condition:
— repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized;
— avoidance of others or inability to communicate of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized;
— self-injuring behavior; and
— physically aggressive or destructive behavior.

Effective August 8, 2018:
– Glaucoma
– Parkinson’s disease
– Severe muscle spasms
– Intractable pain
– Post traumatic disorder

Testing Required: 
Yes

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