Answering the Top 10 Questions about the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Program

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Introduction

Hi there.  This is Dr. Chou here.  Thanks for tuning in for another Medical Marijuana Tip.

Today we’re going to answer the Top 10 Questions people ask about the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Program.

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1) What are the Qualifying Medical Conditions?

A patient must have one of the following qualifying medical conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana treatment:

HIV, AIDS, Cancer, Cachexia, Wasting Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spasticity, Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, Seizures, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Intractable (Chronic) Pain, Severe Muscle Spasms, Autism.

However, there are other qualifying and disqualifying criteria that may preclude participation in the program.

 

2) What if I have one of the listed conditions but my main condition is not listed?

The law only requires that you have one of the conditions listed.  It does not have to be your primary condition.

For example, patients with liver failure, congestive heart failure, or chronic kidney disease may have cachexia or wasting syndrome as a symptom of their primary condition, and patients with fibromyalgia, migraines, or arthritis may have chronic pain for theirs.

 

3) Can my child receive treatment?

Children are not restricted from receiving medical marijuana but not all doctors will treat children.  Be sure to ask before setting up your consultation.

 

4) What if I live outside Louisiana?

Unfortunately only Louisiana residents are allowed to participate.

 

5) What steps do I take to participate in this program?

There are really only two steps to participate in the Louisiana Medical Marijuana program.

First, is to see a doctor who has a Therapeutic Marijuana Registration.  This special permit is required in order for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for your treatment.

Only about 100 doctors in the entire state have this permit so be sure to verify before scheduling a consultation.

Second, once you’ve received your recommendation from the doctor, you will go to one fo the 9 state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

Please be aware that there are some businesses like CBD shops and clinics masquerading as official medical marijuana dispensaries, so be careful not to get scammed.

 

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6) When will the product be available?

The most recent information suggests a potential product release in June 2019, but there is no confirmation from official sources of this time line.

 

7) What are the product formulations and prices?

We have been informed that 3 different tinctures will be available, with differing ratios of THC and CBD.  However, exact formations, cannabinoid profiles, and concentrations have not ben released.

In addition, no retail prices are available at this time.

 

8) Will I be able to smoke marijuana or grow my own?

Louisiana law specifically prohibits patients at this time from smoking, inhaling, growing, or possessing raw marijuana, even if being used for medical purposes.

 

9) Will I get a medical marijuana card?

Patients in Louisiana will not get a medical marijuana card.  Because all medical marijuana products must be purchased from one of the 9 state licensed dispensaries, patient identification will be provided on the dispensed product.

 

10) Can my recommendation be filled in another state?

It is unlikely that another state’s medical marijuana dispensaries will fill a recommendation from Louisiana.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist patients in accessing medical marijuana products in another state.

 

Summary

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Doctor Victor Chou, M.D.

Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana

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