Louisiana may allow medical marijuana use under the circumstances described below, however at the current time, the extent of the law's protections are unclear. Regardless, it is still a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana, and other laws regarding marijuana possession for non-medical purposes will still apply.
For information about how Louisiana treats marijuana possession, sale, and manufacture, see Louisiana Marijuana Laws.
For information on driving under the influence charges in Louisiana, see Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Louisiana.
Does Louisiana Allow Medical Marijuana Use?
Possibly. Louisiana has a law on the books that allows medical marijuana use by patients with diagnosed glaucoma or spastic quadriplegia, and patients suffering from symptoms related to chemotherapy cancer treatment. (40 La. Rev. Stat. § 1046.) This law allows a physician to prescribe marijuana for these therapeutic uses, but does not specifically list protections from prosecution, for doctors or patients.
Before obtaining of using medical marijuana, consult a lawyer in your area who can give you information on the current state of the law, particularly enforcement attitudes and possible penalties for medical marijuana use in your area.
An Important Note on Local Legal Representation
If you have been charged with a marijuana-related offense, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. While the penalties and consequences of a marijuana charge are governed by statutory law, only a local criminal defense attorney can tell you how cases like yours tend to be handled by prosecutors and judges in your courthouse.