Louisiana Marijuana Laws

Louisiana’s medical marijuana program permits use of non-smokable cannabis purchased from a pharmacy. Each registered patients’ possession limit is determined by their physician and they may possess up to a one-month supply at any time. Recreational use is illegal.

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With the fifth highest arrests rate in the country for marijuana crimes, residents of this state should familiarize themselves with the local laws. Marijuana use is allowed for medical purposes in Louisiana, but any other possession, distribution, and cultivation is illegal. Weight limits for possession are unusually high.

Possession

It is an unclassified criminal offense in Louisiana to possess any amount of marijuana less than 60 pounds. The maximum penalty on a first offense is 15 days in jail and $300 in fines when the amount is less than 14 grams. For first-time offenders possessing between 14 grams and 2.5 pounds, the maximum penalty is 6 months in jail and $500 in fines.

When the amount possessed is between 2.5 pounds and 60 pounds, the punishment includes a mandatory minimum of 2 years in prison, a maximum of 10, and fines of up to $30,000.

Any possession of more than 60 pounds of cannabis is a felony. For amounts of between 60 and 2,000 pounds, the mandatory minimum is 5 years, the maximum possible sentence is 30 years, and a top fine of $100,000 applies.

Possession of between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 40, and fines of up to $400,000. And finally, when the amount exceeds 10,000 pounds, the penalty includes a mandatory minimum of 25 years, a maximum sentence of 40 years, and fines of no more than $1,000,000.

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
14 g or less (first offense) Not Classified 15 days $ 300
More than 14 g – less than 2.5 lbs (first offense) Not Classified 6 months $ 500
2.5 – less than 60 lbs Not Classified 2* – 10 years $ 30,000
60 – less than 2000 lbs Felony 5* – 30 years $ 100,000
2000 – less than 10,000 lbs Felony 10* – 40 years $ 400,000
10,000 lbs or more Felony 25* – 40 years $ 1,000,000
First and second offenders may be eligible for probation.
* Mandatory minimum sentence

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Distribution and Cultivation

It is an unclassified offense to distribute any amount of marijuana, grow it, or possess it with intent to distribute it. On a first offense, there is a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 30, plus a top $50,000 fine. On a subsequent conviction, the penalty is at least 10 years in prison and as many as 60, plus up to $100,000 in fines.

It is also an unclassified offense under Louisiana law to give or sell marijuana to a minor, a crime punishable by at least 5 years in prison and as many as 45, plus $100,000 in fines. On a subsequent offense, the minimum prison term is 10 years, the maximum is 90 years, and a fine of $200,000 is possible.

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
Any amount (first offense) Not Classified 5* – 30 years $ 50,000
Any amount (subsequent offense) Not Classified 10* – 60 years $ 100,000
To a minor (first offense) Not Classified 5* – 45 years $ 100,000
To a minor (subsequent offense) Not Classified 10* – 90 years $ 200,000
Includes possession with intent to distribute
* Mandatory minimum sentence

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Hash and Concentrates

Hashish, hash oil, and other marijuana concentrates are treated the same as marijuana flower. That means the same weight limits and penalties apply.

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.

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Miscellaneous

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
Possession, distribution, or cultivation of marijuana within 2000 feet of a drug free zone is punishable by 1.5 times the maximum sentence.
Conviction of any crime involving controlled substances results in denial of driving privileges for not less than 30 days but not more than 1 year.

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Medical Marijuana

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Louisiana signed a medical marijuana bill into law in 2016, although the program is not yet operational. The law will only allow non-smokeable forms of marijuana.

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Intractable pain (defined as “pain so chronic or severe as to otherwise warrant an opiate prescription”)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizure disorders/spasticity
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Any other condition not otherwise specified “that a physician, in his medical opinion, considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat”

PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS:
30-day supply of non-smokeable marijuana

HOME CULTIVATION:
No. Medical cannabis will be cultivated by two companies selected by the LSU and Southern University agricultural centers.

STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES:
Yes

CAREGIVERS:
No

RECIPROCITY:
No

Marijuana Attorney Directory

Louisiana Marijuana Attorneys

The following Louisiana lawyers are actively involved in the practice of cannabis law: