Louisiana: Medical marijuana changes hinge on language for prescriptions

Changing Louisiana's policies on medical marijuana legislation this session may hinge on the difference between prescribing the drug and recommending it as a way of getting it into the patients.

Early indications emerging from a medical marijuana bill debate Tuesday (April 12) were that the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association are poised to oppose bills that change the word "prescription" to "recommendation." The switch is aimed at protecting doctors, who risk losing their Drug Enforcement Agency license for prescribing a Schedule I drug.


New Orleans Decriminalizes Marijuana

Mardi Gras will never be the same again.

Under current law in New Orleans, if you've never been busted with pot before, police can use their discretion on whether or not to take you to jail or issue a summons.

But, if you're a repeat offender it's handcuffs and lock up for you.

Beginning  June 21, all of this will change as the penalty for being caught with bud in the Big Easy has greatly diminished.


Want To Open A Medical Marijuana Pharmacy In Louisiana? Here's What It Will Cost

People who want to get into the medical marijuana business in Louisiana are going to need to pay a $5,000 application fee in addition to a $150 licensing fee if they want to become one of 10 marijuana pharmacists in the state. The $5,000 application fee will be non-refundable, and will only be applied to marijuana pharmacies, not regular drug stores.


Legalizing Marijuana Is Louisiana's Best Chance to Solve Its Incarceration, Health, and Economic Problems

Louisiana is in quite a predicament: It’s broke, really broke.


Will Louisiana Be the First Southern State to Legalize Weed?

Notorious for its strict marijuana laws, Louisiana is looking at legalized weed as a way to get out of debt. What will happen to its prisoners?

One of the harshest states on pot offenders is reportedly exploring the idea of a recreational marijuana program. Saddled with $850 million in state debts, experts say Louisiana’s move is less motivated by safety as it is by money.


Louisiana community members hosting open forum to discuss legalizing marijuana

A group of community members are hosting an open forum to hear your opinions and concerns on the legalization of cannabis in the state of Louisiana.

They’re hoping to spark the interest of many to move the topic forward in a statewide vote.

The use of medical marijuana is currently legal in both Louisiana and Texas. However, some Texans want to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

Dominick Cappozi represents ‘Legalize Louisiana’ and will be speaking at a forum today to discuss the legalization of cannabis.

“If Texas gets recreational use we’re losing out on untold millions of revenue. We have been for months and months alone,” said Cappozi.


Lawyer Gets Paid In Weed, Keeps His Law License

Some lawyers recognize that not all of their clients are capable of paying for legal services in cash. That’s where the bartering system comes in. Say, for example, your house has some faulty wiring and a potential client would like to trade his electrical services for your representation in his divorce. Of course you’re going to take that deal in lieu of money.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Louisiana needs leaders who will fight for medical marijuana reform

My 9-year-old daughter, Kalie, has Dravet syndrome, a rare epilepsy syndrome that causes frequent dangerous seizures with debilitating effects. She started having seizures when she was 6 months old, and since then has experienced hundreds of seizures and dozens of hospitalizations.

Despite this, Kalie is a beautiful, happy little girl who tries to keep her disability from defining her, but some days it seems impossible. Every day, twice a day, I give my 45-pound daughter seven different medications to try to suppress her seizures, but they don’t always work. Even when they do prevent her seizures, the medications take their toll with both temporary and persistent side effects, and I can see how she suffers.


This Man Is Serving More Than 13 Years In Prison For Two Joints' Worth Of Marijuana

This summer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill that significantly decreases criminal penalties for marijuana possession in the state. But for some prisoners already serving time on marijuana charges, the state’s old draconian drug laws continue to apply.


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