When using medical marijuana, it is important to exercise caution before driving or performing other complex tasks that could be dangerous.

Medical Marijuana was approved in Louisiana in 2015 by Act 261. Act 261 approved a list of debilitating conditions eligible for treatment using medical marijuana. In 2018, Acts 708 and 496 expanded the list of qualifying conditions.

In August of 2020, HB 819 allows for ANY physician licensed in Louisiana to recommend medical marijuana to a patient for ANY medical condition deemed to be debilitating to the patient.


Louisiana limits the ways in which medical marijuana can be used.  For example, only cannabis extracts can be used, as opposed to smoking or consuming raw plant material.

Louisiana has not legalized recreational marijuana. 

The different acceptable forms are tinctures, oils, extracts, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspensions, gelatin-based chewables, lotions, transdermal patches, suppositories and vaporization.


If you have a debilitating medical condition, you are eligible to receive medical marijuana, once you are diagnosed by a registered healthcare practitioner. Below is a partial list of common conditions that medical marijuana is used to treat:

Anxiety • Autism • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome • Cancer • Chronic or Intractable Pain • Crohn’s Disease • Epilepsy •  Glaucoma • HIV/AIDS • Insomnia • Muscular Dystrophy • Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson’s Disease • Post-Traumatic • Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Spasticity • Seizure Disorders



For persons with debilitating medical conditions, the first step is to consult with your Louisiana doctor or licensed healthcare provider to receive a recommendation. Your selected health care provider must be in good standing with the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners to write medical marijuana recommendations.

Persons issued a recommendation by the licensed healthcare provider must have their provider FAX the recommendation directly to H & W Drug Store Dispensary.


H & W Drug Store Dispensary is located at:

1667 Tchoupitoulas Street, Suite B.
New Orleans, LA 70130
next door to Sterling Express convenience store.

H & W Drug Store Dispensary is the Region 1 Medical Marijuana Pharmacy serving Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes.


Registered patients, parents, or registered caregivers can retrieve and administer the medication.  Medical marijuana cannot be delivered by mail service in Louisiana.

Persons picking up medicines must have a valid form of identification.

Also, H & W DISPENSARY NOW DELIVERS! Patients now have the option of having medical marijuana DELIVERED.


“Start Low and Go Slow” when it comes to how much and how often you take your medicine to see how it affects you. Take your medicine in a safe place, preferably a calming environment, with responsible adults present. You are encouraged to speak with your own doctor or reach out to your pharmacy team about any questions that may come up. When in doubt – ASK!