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Can I Order Weed Online in Louisiana?

  • Recreational weed is illegal in Louisiana, but patients with medical recommendations can access it via a marijuana pharmacy in their region.
  • There are few pharmacies spread widely throughout the state, so most offer online and over-the-phone ordering for in-person pickup or home delivery.
  • These options increase the accessibility of medical marijuana for Louisiana patients, though patients and pharmacies are still required to adhere to all of Louisiana’s medical marijuana regulations when placing/filling online orders.

These days, you can order practically anything with a few taps on your computer or phone: food, clothes, mattresses, and yes, even weed.

However, marijuana legality varies by state, and at the federal level, it’s still prohibited. So, can you order weed online in Louisiana? If you’re a medical cardholder, the answer is yes—with some limitations.

TeleLeaf believes in making marijuana as accessible as possible to patients who need it, so we’ve compiled everything you need to know about how to order weed online in Louisiana.

Louisiana’s Marijuana Laws Made Simple

To understand Louisiana’s stance on online cannabis ordering, you need to know the state’s stance on marijuana as a whole.

Currently, cannabis in Louisiana isn’t legal for residents to use recreationally; but for therapeutic or medical use, it is.

Louisiana’s Therapeutic Marijuana Act has existed in some form since 1978, but legislators have been changing and improving it significantly since 2020. It allows patients to purchase, possess, and use marijuana if they have:

  1. A condition that warrants therapeutic marijuana treatment
  2. A recommendation from a state-certified clinician

The law applies whether you’re purchasing your weed in person at one of Louisiana’s certified marijuana pharmacies, or if you’re ordering it online.

How to Get Your Medical Card in Louisiana

Louisiana has one of the more inclusive medical marijuana programs in the country.

Currently, licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and psychologists can recommend medical marijuana to any patient with a debilitating condition that can be treated with it. A recommendation is very similar to a prescription; however, since marijuana is still federally illegal, doctors can only recommend patients use it, rather than prescribe it.

Here are just a few of the extensive number of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Louisiana:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy

If you believe you’d benefit from medical marijuana treatment, your first stop is going to be the doctor’s office.

Your healthcare provider will be able to assess your needs and determine whether marijuana is the right treatment option for you. Any provider with prescribing authority and a license to practice in Louisiana can recommend medical marijuana, so you can speak with your primary care provider. Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable, you can talk to a medical marijuana specialist.

TeleLeaf takes all the stress out of finding the right doctor and visiting them in person. To make a virtual appointment, all you have to do is:

  1. Select your state on our website
  2. Fill out a short intake form
  3. Choose a meeting time that’s convenient for you

The entire registration process takes less than five minutes, and then we’ll be here to help you the rest of the way. Ahead of your telehealth appointment, you’ll just need to charge your electronic device and have your questions ready!

Marijuana Pharmacies in Louisiana

Louisiana is the only state with marijuana pharmacies rather than dispensaries.

As of March 2024, there are ten Louisiana-licensed marijuana pharmacies split between ten regions, as determined by the Louisiana Department of Health. Each pharmacy serves a maximum of 3,500 patients within their designated region; if there are more, the pharmacy can open a secondary satellite location to adequately serve their region.

Once you have your medical marijuana recommendation, you’re free to purchase cannabis products—as long as you’re following the state’s pharmacy guidelines.

At the time of your medical marijuana recommendation, you’ll be asked to designate the pharmacy you want to use to purchase your cannabis supply, just as you would when you’re prescribed other medications.

You’ll only be able to purchase marijuana from the pharmacy with your recommendation on file, which can be inconvenient depending on how far away you live. Thankfully, online ordering and home delivery are greatly improving your access to treatment.

The Benefits of Ordering Marijuana Online in Louisiana

Cannabis laws in Louisiana make it possible for medical cardholders to access marijuana from licensed pharmacies; how you obtain your supply from your pharmacy is up to you.

With many Louisiana pharmacies, you can place your cannabis orders online or over the phone, either for in-person pick-up or delivery to your home. Per Louisiana law, pharmacies are required to deliver to patients’ homes at least once a month.

The advantages of ordering your medical marijuana online are vast:

  • It closes the distance – Because of the limited number of pharmacies in Louisiana, you may be many miles away from the closest one. Ordering online or over the phone will save you a long, disruptive trip to the pharmacy every month.
  • You can order on your time – If you’re indecisive or always feel rushed when you’re buying products in person, online ordering is a great solution. You can look at your pharmacy’s full selection of products at your own time, for as long as you need. And remember, your pharmacist can help you pick out the best products for you—and they’re just a phone call away.

Before you trek over to your (possibly not-so) nearest marijuana pharmacy, check out their website and see how you can save some time by ordering online.

What to Know Before You Order Weed Online in Louisiana

While online and over-the-phone pharmacy orders are breaking down the physical barriers to medical marijuana access in Louisiana, it’s not a complete free-for-all. Pharmacies are required to comply with all dispensing laws, whether you’re buying from them in person or not.

Before placing your first online weed order, please consider these stipulations:

  • You can only order from pharmacies in your region, and only from your designated pharmacy – Louisiana pharmacies are only allowed to supply patients within their designated region with a recommendation on file. This applies to both in-person and online orders. If there are multiple pharmacy locations in your region and you’d like to make a switch, you can change your designation by reaching out to your recommending provider directly.
  • There’s a limit to how much you can buy – In Louisiana, pharmacies can only supply their patients with a maximum of 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower during a 14-day period, and a 30-day supply of other cannabis products. This applies to both in-person and online purchases. If you possess more than the legal amount of marijuana, even if you have a medical recommendation, you could be held liable.
  • You’ll need to show a photo ID when accepting home deliveries – Louisiana pharmacies are held to high standards when it comes to safety and security, especially with online orders and home deliveries. When accepting a marijuana delivery, you’ll need to show a valid photo ID to verify your identity.

Remember that while a pharmacy’s website may allow you to place a cannabis order, if you’re not following the proper guidelines, the pharmacy won’t send it to you. To avoid accidental (or worse—non-refundable) credit card charges, ensure that you follow all state laws.

And if you’re ever unsure about online weed orders, you can talk to any of the providers, pharmacists, and support representatives at TeleLeaf. We’re always just a few clicks away.

TeleLeaf Provides Quality Virtual Care to Cannabis Patients

If you’re still riding high with the knowledge that you can legally order weed online in Louisiana, you’ll be over the moon to know that you can obtain your medical marijuana card online, too.

With TeleLeaf, you can gain direct access to a knowledgeable and compassionate care team without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Once approved, you’ll be able to purchase cannabis products almost immediately.

And while our service is lightning fast, we’re on this healing journey with you for the long haul.

After you receive your recommendation, we’ll connect you with your local Louisiana pharmacists who truly know their stuff. They’ll advise you on the best marijuana products, the proper dosages, and more—all 100% personalized to your needs.

Schedule a virtual appointment with one of our state-licensed providers today to obtain your medical recommendation.


Sources:

Marijuana Policy Project. Overview of the Louisiana Therapeutic Marijuana Act.
https://www.mpp.org/states/louisiana/overview-of-louisianas-medical-cannabis-law/

Louisiana State Legislature. PART X-E. THERAPEUTIC USE OF MARIJUANA.
https://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=96986

MJBizDaily. Louisiana’s 10th medical marijuana dispensary opens.
https://mjbizdaily.com/louisiana-10th-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens/

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