Traveling to Louisiana, or do you live there and still don’t get the laws? We feel your pain, so we searched the web for you and pulled together the cannabis laws for consumers in Louisiana. 

Please note that laws are consistently changing and although we work hard to keep this information as up to date as possible we suggest checking with the state’s government site as well.

The Basics

*Anyone under the age of 21 who wants to apply for a medical cannabis card must have a caretaker who is 21 or older.

The Need to Know


Patients must always carry their medical cards on them if they are carrying cannabis. As a patient you can possess up to a 30-day supply of non-smokable cannabis, in a form recommended by your doctor.

If you are caught with cannabis and are not a medical card holder you can face large fines and jail time.

Purchasing Limits

Medical card holders can purchase no more than a 30-day supply of cannabis. Cannabis orders will be sent by your doctor to one of the permitted pharmacies for you to pick up. 


You can legally consume cannabis on private property out of view from the public. Legal forms of medical cannabis include oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension, gelatin-based gummies, lotions, transdermal patches, and suppositories. Cannabis flower (raw cannabis) is illegal for possession and consumption.

It is not allowed to consume cannabis on any federal or public land. If you are caught consuming in public you could face heavy fines. 


Growing cannabis is illegal in Louisiana. 

Driving Under the Influence

If you are found guilty of driving under the influence of usable cannabis you will face DUI charges and penalties, even if you are a medical patient.

Transporting Marijuana

If you are a medical card holder, it is legal to transport cannabis in the passenger area if it is in its original, unopened packaging. If the package has been opened or the product has been removed then you must store it in the trunk. Legal possession limits apply. 

Exporting Marijuana

Moving cannabis across state lines is illegal and can result in a steep penalty if you’re caught. 

It is also illegal to ship or send it in the mail.

Traveling by Plane

Cannabis is still illegal on the federal level so it is always a risk if you decide to fly with it. 


You can use your medical card in another state if that state has medical marijuana reciprocity.

Louisiana doesn’t offer reciprocity.

Medical Marijuana

Qualifying Conditions:

  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure disorders
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Spastic quadriplegia
  • Spasticity
  • Some symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (to recommend to minors, a recommending physician must consult with a pediatric subspecialist)

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Not sure how to get your Medical Marijuana Card? We’ve partnered with Veriheal to bring you a simple and seamless way to see if you qualify and chat with a doctor right from the comfort of your own home.

Additional Resources

Looking for more?

Check out Louisiana’s government site.

Want to learn more about the cannabis laws in other states? Click here to find out more.