Cannabis Information by State: Louisiana

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Licensing

Like most states, Louisiana requires a state license to engage in commercial cannabis activity. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) regulates the state’s medical marijuana program and industrial hemp activity. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulates CBD products.

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Regulations and Compliance

The LDAF requires all licensees to use Metrc’s seed to sale tracking system to ensure that medical cannabis and cannabis products are safely tracked and monitored prior to sale.

Companies who engage in commercial cannabis activity must use Metrc, the state-designated cannabis tracking system, to track, record, and report inventory. 

Because remaining compliant includes tracking and reporting everything down to the gram, automation is essential for saving time and cutting costs. Implementing an ERP system designed for the regulations and supply chain of the cannabis industry will help your business survive and thrive.

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Packaging and Labeling

Prior to sale to a marijuana dispensary each product must be appropriately packaged and labeled.

Packaging requirements include:

  • Child resistant, light resistant, and tamper proof container
  • Resealable if not intended to be single-use
  • Packaging not intended for individuals under the age of 21
  • No resemblance to trademarked or characteristic packaging of a commercially available food or beverage
  • No use of the word candy
  • No use of design, illustration, or image that make it attractive to children
  • No seal, flag, or other insignia that could mislead someone to believing it has been endorsed by any state or municipality

Requirements for labeling include:

  • Batch number
  • List of solvents, chemicals, or pesticides used
  • List of ingredients and potential allergens
  • Potency of THC and CBD
  • Net weight
  • Expiration date
  • Statement that the product has been tested and the date of testing
  • “Contains Medical Marijuana. For Medical Use Only. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.”
  • “There may be additional health risks associated with the consumption of this product for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on becoming pregnant.”
  • A statement that it is illegal for anyone other than the qualifying patient to consume the contents of the package.
  • Dosage information

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Business and Advertising

Licensees in Louisiana cannot advertise to the general public through any public mediums. They are permitted to market products directly to dispensaries or physicians through direct means not available to the public. 

All advertisements must not:

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*Disclaimer: Cannabis laws vary by state and are subject to frequent changes. This article is intended to provide general information and is not a substitute for legal counsel or binding business advice. Please consider consulting a Louisiana lawyer for more information. 

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