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Medical Marijuana

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is designated at the state’s lead regulatory agency in the licensure and production of therapeutic marijuana. The Medical Marijuana Program is responsible for licensing and overseeing the production of medical marijuana to ensure safety of the final product.

Where are we?
  • As of August 1, 2019 the first round of medical marijuana was cleared for release.  “We are very excited to announce today that LSU-GBSL’s final medical marijuana product has passed all testing for immediate release to the medical marijuana pharmacies.  We wish to thank all persons involved who have worked tirelessly from inception though production and testing to make this a reality.  We look forward to continuing our working relationship with LSU-GBSL and SU-ADB/ILERA as we move into the next phase,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

  • As of July 29, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is in receipt of medical marijuana final product from Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) sub-contractor GB Sciences of Louisiana, LLC (LSU-GBSL).

A random sample of the final product was selected by LDAF today from LSU-GBSL.  Once testing is completed and the product passes for homogeneity, potency and is deemed free of contaminants, it will be ready for distribution.

Test results of the final product conducted by LDAF’s laboratory should be completed within seven business days. If there are issues with the sample, the testing process could be extended.


  • As of July 22, 2019, SU-ADB/ILERA’s passed their Phase I Facility inspection.  They have the authority to begin operation.

  • As of July 19, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) laboratory is currently testing samples of the third harvested concentrate and bulk formulation. The department’s laboratory is running a preliminary screening for Salmonella spp,  E. coli,  total yeast, total mold, potency and mycotoxin.  All of the preliminary samples are being run as a complimentary service to Louisiana State University Ag Center-GB Sciences of Louisiana (LSU-GBSL) to assist them in labeling their product. Once the laboratory staff completes its testing, LSU-GBSL will have the results needed to label its final product for packaging.  The bulk formulation received by the department is not bottled or in packaged form.  LDAF is awaiting product in final form in order to randomly select samples to test for contamination prior to distribution to the pharmacies.

The department does not have a timeline on the completion of bottling, labeling and packaging. However, LSU-GBSL and LDAF are working rapidly to get the first medical marijuana product out to the citizens of Louisiana.

Southern University Ag Center-Advanced Biomedics/Ilera Holistic Healthcare (SU-ADB/ILERA)  Standard Operating Procedures have been approved and they have assembled a temporary grow structure to begin the process of planting seeds.  The final inspection for its temporary grow structure is scheduled for next week.  Upon passing, LDAF will authorize SU-ADB/ILERA to start their process.


  • As of June 19, 2019, the department has completed the suitability background investigation for Louisiana State University-GB Sciences of Louisiana, LLC (LSU-GBSL) and Southern University-Advanced Biomedics d/b/a Ilera Holistic Healthcare (SU-ADB/ILERA). Both were deemed suitable.

LSU-GBSL is now in full operation in their main production facility.  The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is awaiting final product for testing prior to pharmacy delivery.

SU-ADB/ILERA has assembled a temporary grow tent to begin the process of planting seeds.  Once the Standard Operating Procedures are approved and the temporary grow tent passes final inspection, LDAF will authorize SU-ADB/ILERA to start their process.

Rules Approved Pesticide Active Ingredients for Medical Marijuana Legislative Reports Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is it currently legal to grow medical marijuana in Louisiana?

A. No. Louisiana is a medical marijuana only state.  Only licensed production facilities will be allowed to grow medical marijuana under Louisiana law.

Q. Where can I get a copy of the rules and regulations?

A. LAC 7:XLIX. Chapters 1 – 31
https://www.doa.la.gov/media/gtvltl15/07.pdf 

Q. Where can I find the medical marijuana law?

A.  R.S. 40:1046 and R.S. 40:1047
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=96986
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=1017446

Q. What is the role of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)?

A. The department is the regulatory agency for the production and manufacturing of the medical marijuana.

Q. Who has the license to grow and cultivate medical marijuana and their contact information?

A.  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center – (225) 578-4161
Southern University Agricultural Center  –  (225) 771-2734

Q.  Who does the growing for the Ag Center and their contact information?

A.   LSU Ag Center’s subcontractor –  Wellcana Group, LLC (225) 408-7405
SU Ag Center’s subcontractor  – Ilera Holistic Healthcare (225) 239-2592

Q. Will I be able to grow medical marijuana at home?

A. No

Q. Can I put my name on a list of individuals interested in growing medical marijuana?

A. No.

Q. I would like to apply for a License permit. How do I proceed?

A. The legislature has only authorized Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Southern University Agricultural Center to be licensed to grow medical marijuana. Please contact the Board of Pharmacy regarding being licensed to dispense medical marijuana.

Q. Does the Department of Agriculture & Forestry regulate the pharmacies?

A. No. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy regulates the pharmacies. http://www.pharmacy.la.gov/

Q. Can a Production Facility sell to the public?

A. No.

Q. Can production facilities sell compose made from waste medical marijuana?

A. No.

Q. Does the state have a seed to sale tracking system?

A.  Yes.  Metrc

Q. Who does the laboratory testing of the final product?

A.  LDAF Ag Chemistry laboratory tests the medical marijuana concentrate and medical marijuana products.

Q.  Can I serve as the testing laboratory?

A.  The department is the state testing agency for concentrates and final products.  However, the licensee can contract with an independent laboratory that has to be permitted by the department.

Q. How can I transport medical marijuana?

A.  You will need to contact the licensees or their subcontractor.

Q. Is there age restrictions in the restricted area of the facility?

A. Yes, no persons under the age of 21.

Q. Will the form of medical marijuana be smokable or a vape?

A.  Yes to smokable.  HB 391 of 2021 of the Regular session. No vape however metered-dose inhalers are permissible.

Q.  What does metered-dose inhaler means?

A.  Metered-dose inhaler” means a device that delivers a specific amount of medication to the lungs, in the form of a short burst of medicine that is usually self-administered by the patient via inhalation

Q. How can I get a recommendation to receive medical marijuana?

A. Any physician licensed by and in good standing with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to practice medicine in Louisiana may recommend medical marijuana to any patient suffering from a debilitating medical condition with whom he shares a bona fide doctor-patient relationship. Please contact the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. https://www.lsbme.la.gov/

Q. How can I get a medical card?

A. Go to your physician.  Any physician licensed by and in good standing with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to practice medicine in Louisiana may recommend medical marijuana if they have a bona fide doctor-patient relationship. Contact the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. https://www.lsbme.la.gov/

Q. What are the debilitating medical conditions?

A. (i) Cancer.

     (ii) Glaucoma.

     (iii) Any of the following neurodegenerative diseases and conditions:

            (aa) Alzheimer’s disease.

            (bb) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

            (cc) Huntington’s disease.

            (dd) Lewy body dementia.

            (ee) Motor neuron disease.

            (ff) Parkinson’s disease.

            (gg) Spinal muscular atrophy.

     (iv) Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus.

     (v) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

     (vi) Cachexia or wasting syndrome.

     (vii) Seizure disorders.

     (viii) Epilepsy.

     (ix) Spasticity.

     (x) Severe muscle spasms.

     (xi) Intractable pain.

     (xii) Crohn’s disease.

     (xiii) Muscular dystrophy.

     (xiv) Multiple sclerosis.

     (xv) Post traumatic stress disorder.

     (xvi) Any of the following conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder:

(aa) Repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized.

(bb) Avoidance of others or inability to communicate of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized.

            (cc) Self-injuring behavior.

            (dd) Physically aggressive or destructive behavior.

     (xvii) Traumatic brain injury.

     (xviii) A concussion diagnosed by a physician.

     (xix) Chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia.

     (xx) Chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease.

     (xxi) Any condition for which a patient is receiving hospice care or palliative care.

     (xxii) Any condition not otherwise specified in this Subparagraph that a physician, in his medical opinion, considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his medical education and training to treat.

Q. How many pharmacies were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to distribute medical marijuana?

A. Nine (9) licensed pharmacies were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. May be subject to change. Please contact the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy for more information. http://www.pharmacy.la.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=545

Q. Where are the nine (9) licensed pharmacies be located in Louisiana?

A. Please contact the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy for more information. http://www.pharmacy.la.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=545

Q. Is Hemp legal to grow in the state of Louisiana?

A. Yes.  Please see the link. https://www.ldaf.state.la.us/industrial-hemp/

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March 2, 2020 -Stakeholder Meeting Recording

November 4, 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording

August 19, 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording – no longer available online.
June 14, 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording – no longer available online.
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March 25, 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording – no longer available online.
Jan. 28, 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording – no longer available online.
Dec. 11, 2018 – Stakeholder Meeting Recording – no longer available online.

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