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The legal drinking age in Louisiana is 21.
You can be arrested for violating the underage drinking laws if you:
  • Obtain or try to obtain alcoholic beverages;
  • Possess or consume alcoholic beverages when you are not accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse of legal drinking age;
  • Falsely represent your age to obtain alcoholic beverages (including using a fake ID).
Yes, if you are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse of legal drinking age; or if you are at least 18 years old and you work or provide entertainment at the business. There are also plenty of places that are licensed to sell alcohol and are still open to underage persons, such as restaurants, bowling alleys, public buildings, athletic events, and concerts.
You may be fined and/or sent to jail. If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, your driver’s license may be suspended and you can face large fines and jail sentences. 
Generally, the purchase, sale, possession, manufacturing and use of marijuana are illegal in Louisiana. If you violate these laws, you can face large fines, jail sentences, or both.
  • Synthetic marijuana is illegal in Louisiana and is an extremely dangerous alternative to its natural counterpart.
  • The purchase, sale, possession, manufacturing and use of synthetic marijuana can carry the same penalties as natural marijuana.
The purchase, sale, possession, manufacturing and use of commonly known, highly addictive drugs (including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine) carry significant penalties including imprisonment.
Drug paraphernalia is any equipment, products, or materials used to make, distribute, or ingest drugs. It is illegal for you to own, sell, lease, lend, rent, give, exchange, trade, or otherwise distribute drug paraphernalia. If you are arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia you can be fined or sentenced to jail.
Once you turn 18, you are subject to stricter penalties if you sell or distribute drugs to a minor, including longer jail or prison sentences and increased fines. This is especially true if you sell drugs to a student or in a “drug free zone,” or if you ask or convince a minor to sell drugs.


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New Orleans, LA 70130
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