The H & W Drug Store Story
In 2017, H & W Drug Store, Inc. embarked on a new undertaking in pursuit of an alternative treatment option involving the Medical Marijuana healthcare industry. H & W’s primary focus was and always is to provide our patients with the best pharmaceutical healthcare available.
After a very competitive process, the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy (LBP) selected the H & W Drug Store, Inc. team to operate the first Medical Marijuana Pharmacy in the Metropolitan Region of the State of Louisiana. H & W’s region will service Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The LBP subsequently awarded 9 permits to regions throughout the State of Louisiana.
H & W Drug Store has been locally owned and operated for over 50 years. H&W Drug Store was started in the Lower 9th Ward in 1963 by Sterling J. Henry, Sr. and Wesley J. Watkins, at Caffin Avenue and North Galvez Street. In 1991, Mr. Watkins passed away. In 1999, Mr. Sterling J. Henry retired and his son, Ruston Henry, Sr. took over the business and is the current owner and Chief Pharmacist.
In August 2005, H & W temporarily closed, due to Hurricane Katrina. H & W re-opened November 1, 2011, in the USA Market in New Orleans East. On August 27, 2018, H & W relocated to 7240 Crowder Blvd in New Orleans East. This location is H & W’s first stand-alone pharmacy since re-opening Post-Katrina.
On March 26, 2014, H & W opened its second location in the Budget Saver grocery store located at 1951 Barataria Blvd in Marrero, LA.
On August 12, 2019, H & W Drug Store opened its third location, the Medical Marijuana Dispensary, which will service the New Orleans Metro area. It is the vision of this pharmacy to provide quality care for the many patients in need of this alternative treatment option. Patients with qualifying medical conditions including Autism, Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, Cancer, Chronic or Intractable Pain, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Spasticity, and Seizure Disorders would qualify to access medical marijuana in Louisiana.
H & W Drug Store will continue its long tradition of fast, friendly, and courteous service.