Can I get Medical Marijuana from Another State?

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With all these product delays, patients are caught in the middle and suffering.

A lot of people ask me if there are any options for them to get medical marijuana from another state?

So today I’ll do my best to explain the different issues with regards to state law, federal law, and medical practice and answer this question for you.


Louisiana Recommendations

State law requires the name, dosage, instructions, and quantity of the product be on the recommendation form.

In addition, a specific dispensary must be listed on the recommendation form

Because no products have been currently released in Louisiana and no dispensaries are currently in operation, recommendations cannot be legally written at this time.


Adult Use States

There are some states that allow for adult, also known as “recreational,” use.  Two of the most well known are California and Colorado.

In both of these states, any adult, even if you are not a state resident, can walk into a licensed dispensary and purchase marijuana.

Now there are limits on the products and amounts that you can purchase, and the dispensary staff cannot generally provide you any medical advice

But you can basically get medical marijuana in these adult use states.


Transporting the Product

Keep in mind that during the time you’re in California or Colorado, you are subject to the laws of those states.

However, once you return to Louisiana, you’re now subject to Louisiana law.

That means that even though you may be able to smoke or vape in an adult use state, you will not be able to do that legally in Louisiana.

In addition, the act of transporting medical marijuana across state lines, whether driving or flying, is in violation of Federal Law.

Also, if you cross into another state, you would be subject to their state law while you are in that state.  Texas, for example, does not recognize medical marijuana.

In addition, shipping the product across state lines, such as with the Postal Service, is a violation of Federal Law.


What I Cannot Do

While there are some things that I can do to help you, there are many things I cannot do.

For example, I cannot:

  • Help you obtain a product from another state.
  • Provide information about out of state dispensaries or products.
  • Help you transport medical marijuana.
  • Give you any advice or dosing regarding smoking or vaping medical marijuana.
  • Provide any legal or other non medical advice


What I Can Do

However, I can do the following things:

  • Advise on safely using forms of medical marijuana that are allowed by Louisiana law.
  • Provide a treatment plan using your current medical marijuana products.
  • Provide publicly available general information about adult use states.
  • Educate you on what to look for in a quality medical marijuana product.



As you know, my primary goal is to help with your medical conditions in a legal way and I will do whatever I can in this regard.

Thanks for reading


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Doctor Victor Chou, M.D.

Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana