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Solicitation of Applications for Marijuana Pharmacy Permit

Solicitation No. 1 issued August 31, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pursuant to Act 261 of the 2015 Legislature and Act 96 of the 2016 Legislature, the Board of Pharmacy has completed the rulemaking process to develop a nontransferable specialty license for a pharmacy to dispense marijuana for therapeutic purposes.  The Board's Final Rule was published in the August 20, 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register with an immediate effective date.

The enabling legislation placed a limit on the number of marijuana pharmacy permits, such that no more than ten such permits may be active at the same time.  To implement the legislative mandate for an equitable geographic distribution of the marijuana pharmacies across the state, the Board recognizes the nine regions of the state established by the Department of Health, allocating one marijuana pharmacy permit to each region.  The nine regions and their associated parishes are identified in the Notice of Intent document referenced below as well as the application form for the marijuana pharmacy permit.  Solicitation No. 1 invites applications for marijuana pharmacy permits in all nine regions in the state.  The tenth permit may be issue by the Board at a future date not yet determined following a determination of need as indicated by the volume of dispensing transactions in all of the marijuana pharmacies over a period of time not yet determined.

This Solicitation of Applications for Marijuana Pharmacy Permits package contains four documents:
>   Notice of Intent to Award Marijuana Pharmacy Permits
>   Application for New Louisiana Marijuana Pharmacy Permit
>   Application for Therapeutic Marijuana Designation
>   Guidance for Applicants & Evaluation Criteria

Additional copies of this Solicitation package are available at the Board's website at www.pharmacy.la.gov.  Application forms are included within the Solicitation package and are also available by email request from the Board.  Questions about this solicitation not answered by the documents in the Solicitation package or the Final Rule should be directed to info@pharmacy.la.gov.

The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials submitted in response to this Solicitation No. 1 is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.  The anticipated timeline for the Board's evaluation and selection of successful applications is presented on the final page of the Notice of Intent document included in the Solicitation package above.

For the Board:
Malcolm J. Broussard
Executive Director