Medical Marijuana Laws by State

Updated on March 8, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

States Where Medical Marijuana is Legal
Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | D.C. | Florida | Hawaii | Illinois | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Dakota | Utah | Vermont | Washington | West Virginia

States with Low-THC Medical Marijuana Laws
Georgia | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | North Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia | Wyoming

States with Pending Medical Marijuana Legalization
Alabama | Idaho | Kentucky | Nebraska| South Carolina | Wisconsin


Medical Marijuana Laws for Doctors

The legal risks to physicians regarding issuing recommendations for medical marijuana seem to be quite minimal. In 2015, Medscape reported that after contacting multiple national and regional medical malpractice insurance carriers, as well as medical societies in several states, it could not find any instances of physicians facing malpractice lawsuits due to medical marijuana recommendations.

There have been reports of physicians losing medical licenses due to writing recommendations in a manner that was considered improper or unsafe. Two doctors in Colorado, for example, were suspended by their state board and ultimately surrendered their medical licenses. One of them reportedly provided a pregnant woman with a recommendation despite never having examined her. Another reportedly issued recommendations to patients after meeting them in places such as hotels and tattoo parlors, according to Medscape. The doctor in the latter example never scheduled any follow-up visits with those patients.

Medscape also reported that the U.S. Department of Justice recommended in 2013 that legal action not be pursued against doctors who recommend medical marijuana. The federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, but its main priorities include preventing illegal distribution to minors and preventing revenue from marijuana sales from including criminal enterprises.


Medical Marijuana Laws for Patients

If you are a first-time medical marijuana patient, you should realize that medical cannabis laws don’t allow doctors to write prescriptions for marijuana. They can only write recommendation letters that show you qualify to use the drug. In order to obtain your medicine, you will need to go to a legally recognized dispensary.

If you live in a state where it is legal to smoke medicinal weed, you still need to be aware of your local marijuana laws. You may have an encounter with a law enforcement officer, and you need to know your rights. When you medicate, make sure you use common sense. Marijuana obviously has a distinctive smell, so try to avoid being in public after you smoke. If you are driving, get pulled over and the officer smells weed, it could lead to an embarrassing situation. Also remember that even if your weed is legal, it’s still illegal to drive under the influence.

If you grow your medicinal marijuana, the fewer plants you have the less attraction you’ll draw from people who might mean you harm, such as thieves or neighbors who might want to make trouble. Have a good idea of the amount of cannabis you’ll need, so you can safely limit what you cultivate.


States with Legal Medical Marijuana
Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | D.C. | Florida | Hawaii | Illinois | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Montana | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Utah | Vermont | Washington | West Virginia

States Where Medical Marijuana is Legal

The following is a list of legal medical marijuana states that have legalized medical marijuana and established a state medical marijuana program. Each medical marijuana state that has outlined a medical marijuana program allows for approved medical marijuana patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed physician, apply for a State-issued Medical Marijuana ID Card, grow medical marijuana and/or purchase medical marijuana for medicinal use per each states medical marijuana guidelines.

If you’re looking for more information on how you can obtain legal medical marijuana after being approved by a licensed physician, please visit our dispensaries section. It will help you locate and find access to your medicine in a safe and secure fashion.

Please read through your respective legal medical marijuana state qualifications and legal medical marijuana laws. Each medical marijuana state has a different process involved in obtaining your medical marijuana state card and each medical marijuana state has a different fact section to learn more about the medical marijuana program and to see if you can benefit by choosing medical marijuana as your alternative form of treatment to better your quality of life.

We have compiled the following index of medical marijuana information to serve as a marijuana library to all our users for legal medical marijuana reference of their state’s laws, guidelines, qualifications and programs regarding Medical Cannabis.


Please click a corresponding link to find out more about the status of medical marijuana in your state.


Alaska

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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California

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Colorado

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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District Of Columbia

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Florida

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Hawaii

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Illinois

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Mississippi

Missouri

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Montana

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

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New York

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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South Dakota

Utah

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Vermont

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Washington

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West Virginia

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Low-THC MMJ States
Georgia | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Mississippi | North Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia | Wyoming

States with Low-THC Programs

States with Low-THC Program, CBD products with a maximum amount of 5% THC (depending on the state). Please review the states below to find out more about the Low-THC Program, how to obtain recommendations and how to obtain products in your state.


Please click a corresponding link to find out more about your state’s marijuana program and find out how you too may be able to help push for medical cannabis legalization in your respective state.


Georgia

Indiana

Iowa

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Kansas

North Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

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Get your TX Medical Card right now for $275!

Virginia

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Wyoming


States with Pending Medical Marijuana Legalization
Alabama | Idaho | Kentucky | Nebraska| South Carolina | South Dakota | Wisconsin

Medical Marijuana States Pending Legislative Vote

The following is a lists of non legal medical marijuana states. This list of states is to inform the public on the legal status of their proposed medical marijuana state. Most of the states on this list have already decriminalized medical marijuana and are awaiting final approval of their states medical marijuana bill to pass.

Please read through your respective non legal medical marijuana state qualifications, decriminalization laws, state facts, marijuana penalties and general knowledge sections to find out if you too can benefit by choosing medical marijuana as your alternative form of treatment to better your quality of life.

We have compiled the following index of non legal medical marijuana states to serve as a marijuana state decriminalization library to all our users to use as a legal medical marijuana reference of their state’s laws, guidelines, qualifications and programs regarding Medical Cannabis.


Please click a corresponding link to find out more about your state’s marijuana program and find out how you too may be able to help push for medical cannabis legalization in your respective state.


Alabama

Idaho

Kentucky

Nebraska

South Carolina

Wisconsin

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