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Louisiana Marijuana Laws

A law in 2017 establishing protections for patients and caregivers, procedures, and other legal mechanisms for the medical use of cannabis in Louisiana. The law doesn't allow home cultivation of the herb, but authorizes the establishment of up to 10 licensed pharmacies for the procurement of medical cannabis.

Louisiana Marijuana Laws: Overview

Statute(s)
  • Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 966 (Possession of Marijuana)
  • Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1046, et seq. (Theraputic Use of Marijuana)
Possession Penalties
  • Up to 14g: Up to 15 days in parish jail and/or up to $300 in fines (first conviction)
  • Over 14g: Up to 6 months in parish jail and/or up to $500 in fines (first conviction)
  • 2.5 lbs to 60 lbs: 2-10 years in prison (with or without hard labor) and between $10,000 and $30,000 in fines
  • 60 lbs to 2,000 lbs.: 5-30 years in prison (with hard labor) and between $50,000 and $100,000 in fines
  • 2,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs.: 10-40 years in prison (with hard labor) and between $100,000 and $400,000 in fines
  • Over 10,000 lbs.: 25-40 years in prison (with hard labor) and between $400,000 and $1 million in fines
Immunity From Prosecution

Certain individuals are immune from prosecution for possession of Marijuana, including:

  • Patients in state-sponsored medical marijuana programs
  • Anyone who lawfully possesses medical marijuana
  • Certain caregivers as defined in Section 1503
  • Any person who is a domiciliary parent of a minor child that lawfully possesses medical marijuana on that child's behalf
Related Statutes Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 961, et seq. (Uniformed Controlled Dangerous Substances Law)


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