Medical marijuana service available to connect Louisiana patients with doctors and dispensaries – NOLA.com


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A new service is available to Louisiana residents who are interested in using medical marijuana to help alleviate discomfort associated with multiple health issues.

Back in August, Louisiana’s medical marijuana law was expanded to give doctors more latitude to recommend it for patients. It can now be legally used for a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.

Recently, Louisiana Marijuana Card was established to help connect patients with doctors who are willing and able to recommend medical marijuana. The same organization already operates similar services in other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Taylor Wilson, a spokeswoman for Louisiana Marijuana Card, said interested patients can learn more about how to qualify for medical marijuana in Louisiana by visiting the website. From there, patients can schedule a telemedicine appointment with a physician. The patient must be a resident of Louisiana.

“It’s basically a virtual doctor’s appointment,” Wilson said. “You can discuss the medical condition you are suffering from and your symptoms. Once the doctor has determined that medical marijuana could be beneficial, they will send a recommendation to the selected dispensary so the patient can then pick up their medication there.”

Currently, nine dispensaries in Louisiana are authorized to distribute medical marijuana. Those dispensaries are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles, Madisonville, New Orleans, Shreveport and West Monroe.

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has authorized a tenth dispensary, but directors of the program are waiting to understand geographical needs before deciding on a location.

Wilson said medical marijuana can be distributed in many forms, including edible products, topical applications, liquid tinctures and metered-dose inhalers.

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