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Louisiana Marijuana Information

Quick FAQs

There are changes in the air in Louisiana! Marijuana has been illegal here as in other states, and still is. However, the governor recently signed into law their first medical marijuana bill. The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill (62-31) that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the FIRST in the South — to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This is GREAT news for patients in Louisiana, and we’re hoping that this is the first step toward legalization. As recreational marijuana is not legal in Louisiana yet, here are some facts you need to know.

Under Louisiana law, Marijuana is a schedule I(C) hallucinogenic substance. So, that means that possession of 14 grams or less will cost you $300 and/or up to 15 days in jail. Oh, but wait – it gets much more more intense for possession of greater amounts and especially for selling or growing. In Louisiana hash and concentrates are considered the same as marijuana and are just as illegal, so please don’t go thinking you can easily or safely dab; use caution and be aware if you do because they’re still against the law.

Of course New Orleans wants to push the boundaries a bit. Thank you, Big Easy! March of 2016 saw Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, signing a bill into law to decriminalize possession in that city. It went into effect in June 2016. One would think that in the state where you can drink Hurricanes on the street in the Big Easy marijuana use wouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. Law enforcement has very little tolerance for marijuana use, and though citizens are fairly tolerant the police are strict. That is the report for now. We always urge caution and care. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Louisiana Cannabis Lawyers page for help!

Louisiana F.A.Q’S.

Can I buy marijuana in Louisiana?

Unfortunately no – recreational cannabis cannot be obtained not legally. Medical marijuana has recently been legalized, but it still isn’t super easy to get your hands on a medical card, or access to a state-licensed caregiver. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Louisiana Cannabis Lawyers page for help!

Can I buy medical marijuana in Louisiana?

If you have been issued a Louisiana Medical Marijuana card, you can access medical cannabis. Getting a card or finding a caregiver can be tough, though!

Where can I buy marijuana in Louisiana?

Though access is still kind of tough, medical cannabis is legal in Louisiana. You will need to find a state licensed caregiver, or keep an eye out for a state licensed dispensary. If you choose to imbibe recreationally, keep your wits about you, because until the laws change if you do use pot in Louisiana be very aware of the lack of tolerance and the harshness of the penalties.

What can I expect to pay for pot in Louisiana?

Again, it’s still illegal and we don’t condone breaking the law. That said, the price of marijuana will vary based on strain and quality, and it will also be highly dependent on what the tax percentage is. You can expect prices to be between $10 to $30 per gram. Take a look at www.thepriceofweed.com for more.

What kind of variety of weed is there in the South?

There are so many strains and hybrids of cannabis now that it’s tough to keep track, which is another of the many reasons that legalization is so important. When pot is legal it’s monitored from seed to sale and is therefore consistently high quality and clean. When cannabis is legal in Louisiana, you can expect to encounter invigorating Sativas, calming Indicas, and all kinds of hybrids in between, just like everywhere else. .

What can I do to help?

Register to vote. Pay attention to local and state candidates to see who is supporting reasonable laws for patients and other adults who want to exercise their human right to consume cannabis, and VOTE!

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Weeding it out: Are those trucks in New Orleans really selling marijuana?

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The bright green vans plastered with colorful images of marijuana, and iconic cartoon characters like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with bloodshot eyes, and signage boasting “Over a Million Stoned” may seem out of place in a state where recreational marijuana is illegal, but for years, they’ve made a home in and around the French Quarter.

“We sell lollipops, gummies, Rice Krispie treats, brownies, popcorn – if you can eat it, we can weed it,” said Ski Scott, who was selling the products from a van in downtown New Orleans.

The vehicles are often covered with images of Pineapple Express, Gorilla Glue and Grand Daddy Purp – which are all street names for pot – so for some, it’s not much of a leap to guess what the folks in the vans and trucks are pushing.

“Dope, marijuana, you know. They’re selling marijuana,” said Jeff Conklin, who was visiting from Georgia.

With names like Trippy Treats and Space Cakes boldly describing the products on display and for sale, some people expect the stuff to get them high, but if you ask one the people who sell it, she says guess again.

“People come up all the time and ask for marijuana, but our vehicle is simply a freedom of speech, so of course they have marijuana on the vehicle,” Scott said. “No marijuana in the vehicle, no marijuana in the vehicle, no.”

But that explanation still doesn’t stick with some visitors confused by the blatant advertising that includes images of and references to a product that is illegal for recreational use in Louisiana.

“I don’t know, but it’s treating it like candy so that sort of caters to the kids. I don’t like them calling it candy. That’s just like advertising. Supposedly it was catered toward the young people,” said Don Arledge, who was visiting from Tennessee.

Still, Scott, who was actively selling brownies and Rice Krispie treats from one of the vans, claimed that’s just marketing, and the stuff inside the products is much more benign than THC-laden pot.

“It’s CBD, it’s CBD products, yeah, it’s the stuff they take out the THC. It’s real good for you, for your pain, whatever’s going on with you,” Scott said.

CBD, or cannabidiol, isn’t illegal like its cousin THC. In fact, states across the country allow sales of CBD over the counter, and it’s even for sale in stores in New Orleans.

“You know, when I saw the truck yesterday, I just thought, well this is one of the states where it’s legal,” said Dave Gabbert, who was visiting from Colorado.

It’s a perception that some think could take advantage of out-of-towners looking for weed.

“That didn’t, it didn’t cross my mind though, that it wouldn’t be real [weed],” said Cathy Gabbert from Colorado.

But we wanted to know how the people in the trucks and vans sell their product when visitors approach and when it’s not obvious a camera is rolling. So FOX 8 sent an undercover buyer with a hidden camera to see what would happen.

“Y’all got candies and stuff?” the undercover buyer asked a man sitting in a Weed World van.

“Yeah, we got candies and we got flower as well,” the Weed World salesman in the van says.

In the first interaction, FOX 8’s hidden camera captures the salesman offering “flower,” a word the DEA says is a street name for marijuana.

“So what do y’all sell, just candies?” the under-cover buyer asks.

“We sell candies, flower, I have Pineapple Express gummies, I have cotton candy gummies and I have Rice Krispie treats, and Cap’n Crunch. Rice Krispie treats and Cap’n Crunch are 80mg of THC in each treat. Those are twenty, yeah, for one Rice Krispie treat,” the Weed World Salesman said.

The salesman offers a small Rice Krispie treat packaged in a sealed bag for $20 and claims there is 80mg of THC in the product.

Dr. Kent Hutchison, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said if in fact the treat contains 80mg of THC, that would be a much higher dose than a casual user could handle.

“Five to 10 milligrams is really the max that you would want to use. Eighty milligrams, for a lot of people, is gonna make them very uncomfortable and very unhappy,” Hutchison said.

“That’s the Rice Krispie treat, it’s 80mg of THC,” the Weed World salesman said as he showed the buyer the product.

“And I can’t buy that from you here?” the under-cover buyer asked.

“Yes! That’s the reason why we ride around with them!” the Weed World salesman said.

But according to the city, that’s just not true.

“The permit that they have does not authorize them to do any sales from any vehicles or anything on the street,” said Director of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits Zachary Smith.

Smith said Weed World does have an occupational license to operate a brick-and-mortar store on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.

Inside that location, clerks wear white lab coats and the windows are embellished with what looks like pot plants, but any sales for their vehicles is considered a violation.

“What do you recommend I try, gummies or…” the under-cover buyer asks.

“It depends on if you’re looking to get high, or you’re looking to get medicated,” the Weed World salesman said. “I have Rice Krispie, I have Cap’n Crunch, I have brownies, too.”

“Rice Krispie treat is fine,” the under-cover buyer said.

“Twenty bucks,” the Weed World salesman said as our under-cover buyer handed him the money.

At another van parked on Bourbon Street, our undercover buyer purchased four lollipops for $20, but the saleswoman in the van insisted it only contained CBD, not THC.

The city says State Police testing of the treats and candies haven’t found illegal substances in the candy. Smith said under Mayor Latoya Cantrell, the city is cracking down on what is potentially a scam targeting tourists.

“I think there’s a little bit taking advantage of intoxicated or leaving it loosely. Fun-seeking individuals who are in town for conventions and whatnot, but it’s definitely something that I would not purchase or go after, because I know better this is $20 candy when you can go into CVS and buy it for 50 cents,” Smith said.

In fact, while the trucks are sometimes parked just feet away from NOPD units, police are aware of what could be coming out of the vehicles.

“From the NOPD side of things, since the beginning of this year they’ve made, I believe, over or close to 12 arrests or summonses for illegal sales related to marketing things as marijuana, whether or not it has THC,” Smith said.

The NOPD says since January of this year, police have made four arrests and issued 10 summonses for “no occupational license and failure to pay city taxes” to people connected to the “weed candy” sales, and one additional arrest for simple battery when a weed truck vendor allegedly struck another weed truck vendor in the face.

But even after our buyer got the $20 treat, the salesman gave him another option.

“I have 3.5 grams of weed. of smoking bud, going for $50. Yeah, that’s exactly what it is, but it’s Purple Kush,” the Weed World salesman offered as our under-cover completed the sale and walked away.

Smoking bud, lollipops, a Rice Krispie treat – all illegally offered right out of the window of at vehicle in the French Quarter. If you’ve got the cash, buyer beware.

“A twenty-dollar lollipop? Tells you it should have marijuana in it,” Conklin said before he was asked, what if the treat didn’t contain THC? “Wow, you’re ripped off. That’s a pretty expensive lollipop,” Conklin said.

We spoke with the owner of Weed World, Bilal Muhammad, who said he has fired people in the past who were caught illegally selling products and offering marijuana from their vehicles. He claimed he’s tried to keep the company’s name clear and said the people who were selling from the street will be fired and potentially arrested.

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The bright green vans plastered with colorful images of marijuana and iconic cartoon characters, like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with blood shot eyes, and signage boasting, “Over a Million Stoned,” may seem out of place in a state where recreational marijuana is illegal.