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Physicians (MDs and DOs) who would like to recommend medical marijuana treatment options to their patients must modify their Schedule 1 privileges on their Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) license with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Below are Frequently Asked Questions to assist physicians in this regard.
Frequently Asked Questions: CDS Schedule 1 Designation for Therapeutic Marijuana Physician Recommendations
Q: Why would a Physician need their CDS license modified to include Therapeutic Marijuana privileges?
A: Physicians must modify their CDS license to include Therapeutic Marijuana privileges in order to recommend medical marijuana to patients in the State of Louisiana.
Q: Which state agency should I contact?
A: The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
Q: What is the process like?
A: Physicians should send a written request to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to obtain Therapeutic Marijuana privileges. The Board will accept requests via email, fax, or mail. Email is the preferred method of contact.
Q: Can you please provide sample language that should be included in my written request to the Board of Pharmacy?
A: Yes, you can copy and paste the sample text below:
“Please modify the Schedule I privileges on my personal CDS license (CDS.xxxxxx) to add therapeutic marijuana. Thanks!”
Q: Where should I send my written request?
A: See table below. Email is the preferred method of contact.
3388 Brentwood Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Q: Do you have any other important details to share?
A: There is no fee to modify your CDS privileges. CDS privileges can be verified on the Board of Pharmacy website. You do not need to complete a separate registration or notify the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners in order to recommend medical marijuana to patients in Louisiana. No background check or fingerprinting is required. You must hold a current and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana.
IMPORTANT – This information is provided as a courtesy to assist providers. Please refer to www.pharmacy.la.gov for official information and updates.
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