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.

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 are a legal Louisiana resident and have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions listed below, you are eligible to receive medical marijuana, once you are certified by a registered healthcare practitioner.

Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
Chronic or Intractable Pain
Crohn’s Disease
Muscular Dystrophy
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Seizure Disorders

For persons with qualifying medical conditions, the first step is to see your Louisiana doctor or licensed healthcare providers to receive a recommendation. Your selected health care provider must be approved by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners to write medical marijuana recommendations.

Click here for a list of physicians. (This partial list is provided to assist our patients. For a complete, current listing of active providers, please refer to www.lsbme.la.gov/content/verifications. Select Online Verification.  The practitioner type is Therapeutic Marijuana Registration Permit.)

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

H & W Drug Store is the 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 in Louisiana.

“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!