Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Louisiana

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in LA


Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana physician through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana physician.

*At this time medical records are required indicating that you have a qualifying condition(s).


Be sure to arrive at your appointment 5-10 minutes early and have your state-issued photo ID. Consult with a doctor for 15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

After the appointment is complete, the physician will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana if you are approved. This recommendation serves as proof of patient eligibility for the medical marijuana program. Every patient will need to prove Louisiana residency for their application to be accepted by the state of LA.


The state does not require patients to register or receive a medical marijuana card. The physician will fax patient certifications directly to the dispensary of your choice. This recommendation serves as proof of the patient’s eligibility. When you go to your dispensary, staff will verify your recommendation in the Prescription Monitoring Program database. Please note that prescriptions need to be refilled every 90 days, and Veriheal’s physicians can assist with this.

In Louisiana, patients will need to recertify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

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Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 1 year in Louisiana and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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About Cannabis in Louisiana

The Bayou State made a significant change in the Louisiana Therapeutic Marijuana Act in August 2020 by broadening HB819 to allow any state-licensed physician to recommend medical cannabis to a patient they deem would benefit from it. This is a far cry from the state cannabis program that took almost four years to start up since legalization in 2016. 

Though legislators had a list of qualifying conditions that made patients eligible for the program, the high cost of treatment has kept many from being able to afford medical cannabis, according to a local CBS news station.  After a four-year hold-up, Louisiana set the bar for the Deep South States by broadening the program by allowing “doctors to recommend medical marijuana for any patient they believe it would help.” Only time will tell if expanding the program will curb high costs of treatment some citizens can’t seem to afford.

Meanwhile, becoming a Louisiana medical cannabis cardholder is much easier than in 2019, with all state-certified doctors prescribing the plant in several forms, including oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, gelatin-based chewables, topicals, transdermal patches, and suppositories. As of January 1, 2022 smokable forms of cannabis are allowed under certain conditions. 

As of June 2021, Louisiana is also working on passing a new medical cannabis measure.  House Bill 391 is working its way to getting signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. This bill would expand the medical marijuana program by allowing patients the ability to purchase up to two and a half ounces of medical cannabis flower every two weeks. It would also allow physicians to recommend that patients can inhale cannabis or purchase cannabis flower for other purposes.   

In 2022, Louisiana passed several bills that are relevant to medical cannabis patients. The 5 house bills that were passed went into effect in August, 2022. Act 473 prohibits police from conducting a warrantless search of a home based solely upon the smell of cannabis. Act 651 protects qualified patients from workplace discrimination. Act 499 legalizes any cannabis-related paraphernalia for medical marijuana patients. Act 438 and 439 provide protections from criminal prosecution to out-of-state medical marijuana patients. Act 444 expands who can issue medical cannabis authorizations. Now nurse practitioners are able to make authorizations.

Applying for Medical Marijuana in Louisiana

Unlike other states, there is no particular application program in the state of Louisiana that must be completed to apply for medical marijuana. Initially, patients will have to meet a doctor to talk about their condition. Once you obtain a valid doctor’s recommendation and are finally entitled to medicinal cannabis in the state, you will be registered to the program, at which time you can visit a cannabis pharmacy to purchase legal medication.

But it’s not always an easy task to find a medical doctor in Louisiana that can recommend you for medical cannabis. There are conflicting reports about how many doctors actually qualify to issue marijuana recommendations in the state.

Veriheal took the difficult part of the equation and simplified the whole process of medical marijuana approval. For a quick consultation, Veriheal will connect you with an approved healthcare professional so you can access your medicine as quickly as possible.

Qualifying Conditions

Before the Bayou State medical cannabis program broadened in 2020, the following conditions were the only disorders eligible for treatment: 

However, that changed. Now according to the law, any health disorder that “a physician, in his medical opinion, considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat.” Therefore, the Louisiana medical cannabis card program is expanding to allow physicians to prescribe medical cannabis for treatment of conditions outside of the original list of qualifying conditions. 

Now with the expanded program and Veriheal’s assistance, Louisiana locals can receive a physician consultation and approval for $199, with a full money back guarantee if you are not approved. 

Additionally, all patients must be able to prove residency, supplying a valid driver’s license or state identification card upon application. The state does not require patients to register or receive a medical marijuana card. The physician will fax patient certifications directly to the dispensary of your choice.

Caregivers in Louisiana

A Louisiana caregiver must:

Like the patient, the caregiver must also prove residency by submitting a driver’s license or state identification card. 

Possession and Cultivation Limits of Medical Marijuana in Louisiana

Louisiana allows patients to possess up to a 30-day supply of medical cannabis in any form other than flower. The state has two medical cannabis facilities that produce different forms of cannabis, including oil, tincture, topicals, capsules, gelatin-based chewables, and inhalers, all of which are sold in nine state-wide pharmacies conveniently located throughout Louisiana.

In June of 2021, Louisiana made another big step regarding cannabis access. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 652 into law, reducing the threat of jail time for low level marijuana possession offenses. Beginning August 1, 2021, the penalty for possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis is a $100 fine only, removing the threat of jail time. However, possession charges will still show up on a criminal record as a misdemeanor.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a resident of Louisiana to attain a medical marijuana card?

Yes, all applicants must provide a state issued driver’s license or identification card to prove their place of residence or they are not eligible for a card.
Meeting with a licensed Louisiana physician.

The first step is to schedule a physician appointment with Veriheal. After the appointment and all medical records are uploaded and evaluated by the physician, he or she will recommend certification if you are approved.

From start to finish, the physician consultation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

The state of Louisiana requires that you buy any medical cannabis prescriptions from state approved dispensaries. As of 2022, raw smokeable flower is not sold in the state; however, several other forms of cannabis are prescribed, including oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, gelatin-based chewables, topicals, transdermal patches, and suppositories.

Veriheal has a very high approval rate for medical cannabis licensure. However, if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full.

Louisiana considers “intractable pain” as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

No. Driving or operating any kind of vehicle such as a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under influence of marijuana is not allowed.

No. The use of medical marijuana is prohibited in public places under the law.

Medical cannabis patients are able to purchase all forms of medical cannabis products other than dry flower. Products available at Louisiana dispensaries include including oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, gelatin-based chewables, topicals, transdermal patches, and suppositories

Places to Visit in LA After Enjoying Your Medicine

The only U.S. state with parishes rather than counties, Louisiana is the quintessential Deep South, exuding culture and history across its famous cities and cuisine. From the French Quarter Area, Bourbon Street, and Mardi Gras, locals and tourists alike enjoy a good time while getting a glimpse of history. Civil War bygone times are all over the Bayou State, with tours and reenactments bringing the past back to life. With the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Louisiana offers all kinds of water adventures and outdoor fun, including biking, birding, and camping. For smaller bodies of water, swamp tours are available for seeing alligators. Clearly, there are plenty of good reasons to take a detour for some afternoon or evening fun on the way to any of the state’s nine medical cannabis dispensaries.

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is complete with old-time plantations and present-day fun, giving locals and visitors so much to do in the state’s capital, beginning with the local art scene. The schedule of exciting exhibits of all art forms constantly changes in Baton Rouge, while museums like the River Road African American forever tell the history of the nation’s Civil War. The city also offers a notable nightlife scene featuring Basin Music Hall and Baton Rouge Distilling for dancing and drinking with friends.

Cajun Country

Considered Cajun Country, Eunice, Mamou, and Lafayette offer Acadian French culture like no other Louisiana area. Famous for crawfish and boudin eateries, the region also boasts the Blue Moon Saloon, a renowned stop for locals and visitors alike. For a more intimate experience, travel the backroads and bayous of Cajun Country along the Creole Nature Trail All-American road via vehicle or bike with a loved one.

Honey Island Swamp Tour

Alligators, herons, egrets, and other awesome wildlife live among the Honey Island Swamp waiting to be seen by onlookers. Experiencing the up close and personal swamp habitat is an exciting adventure to take with a loved one or group of friends. The adventure along the marsh, guided by licensed native professionals, is a great way to get an inside look at Louisiana’s lushest waterways.

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