Medical Marijuana State Laws

As promised, today we begin our series of in depth articles about the legalization of medical marijuana state-by-state.  There are now 22 states plus DC where use of cannabis for medical reasons has been approved for qualified patients and fifteen more states with pending legislation or ballot measures.

Some of these are shown in the map above but the situation is rapidly changing.   As the list of articles is updated, a click on the relevant link in the list below will take you straight to the information for that particular state.

22 States where Medical Marijuana is Legal

  1. Alaska: 1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
  2. Arizona: 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
  3. California: 8 oz usable; 18 plants (6 mature, 12 immature)
  4. Colorado: 2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
  5. Connecticut: One month supply
  6. Delaware: 6 oz usable
  7. Hawaii: 3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
  8. Illinois: 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days
  9. Maine: 2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
  10. Maryland:
  11. Massachusetts: 60 day supply of marijuana
  12. Michigan: 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana: 1 oz usable; 6 plants
  15. Nevada: 1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
  16. New Hampshire: Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period
  17. New Jersey: 2 oz usable
  18. New Mexico: 6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
  19. Oregon: 24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
  20. Rhode Island: 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
  21. Vermont: 2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
  22. Washington State: 24 oz usable; 15 plants

States where Medical Marijuana is Under Consideration

  1. Alabama
  2. Idaho
  3. New York
  4. North Carolina
  5. Ohio
  6. Pennsylvania

States where Medical Marijuana is Illegal

  1. Arkansas
  2. Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Indiana
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Kentucky
  8. Louisiana
  9. Mississippi
  10. Missouri
  11. Nebraska
  12. North Dakota
  13. Oklahoma
  14. South Carolina
  15. South Dakota
  16. Tennessee
  17. Texas
  18. Utah
  19. Virginia
  20. West Virginia
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Wyoming

Once you know whether it is legal to use Medical Marijuana in your state. The next step is to get a Medical Marijuana card and then you will be able to purchase Cannabis from legal marijuana dispensaries.

Please join in the discussion on medical marijuana state laws at our forum.

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  2. states should choose what states what to do, choices made by the people who inhabit the state, after all they are the ones that have to live with the decisions, not the feds whoever they are.

  3. I am a legal Washington State Marijuana Patient. We have terrific laws here. No one I am associated with in the medical marijuana industry in Washignton wants it to change. We also have some of the best ganja in the world here, bred and grown by caring people. For anyone wanting to try some tasty local strains put Washington on your vacation list!

  4. Hi…I have stage 4 colon cancer…the doctors have given up on me…where can I go to get some cannabis oil?

    Note: my daughter lives in San Diego California and could probably mail it to me…thanks…Chuck…

    • I picked up a bottle of cannabis oil call soccer mom tincture, they have sinlge, double, and triple strength. I got the triple strength and it is fantastic. It is a very clean euphoric feeling. I got it at Arizona Cannabis Club in Tempe Az and they deliver.

  5. Even if “God” did made pot, we don’t really know for sure what his intended use for it was for us. It was ultimately the humans who used it to get high hence labeling it illegal in several states.

  6. Medical Marijuana should be legal in every state. It’s already legal in 16 states.

    No one should ever be allowed to tell anyone what they can or can not put into their body. It is my body and I can put whatever I want in it. Just like I eat whatever I want. There isn’t laws that say I can’t put McDonald’s food in my body because it’s not healthy. Cigarettes are legal, but that doesn’t mean you have to smoke them. It’s every individuals right as a United States citizen to choose whether they want to smoke cigarettes or not. It should be the same way with medical marijuana. Every inividual should have the right to make their own choose to smoke medical marijuana or not. It’s not the lawmakers decision to tell me what I can put in my body.

    If they don’t want to smoke medical marjuana, then they don’t have to. Every American has the right to choose whether they want to drink alcohol at age 21 and smoke cigarettes at age 18. Americans should also have the right to smoke medical marijuana at age 18 in every state, not just certain states. It should be legal in every state. Some people like me MUST smoke medical marijuana for my condition, but it’s not legal in my state.

    So in order for me to treat my medical condition I must move to another state just to stay heathly. Honestly medical marijuana has been proven to be extremely healthy. The greatest Olympic Champion of all time, Micheal Phelps, with 8 gold medals even smokes marijuana. So many great athlets smoke marijuana for all around better performance. Marijuana is NOT even the slightest bit addictive. Anyone that says marijuana is addictive doesn’t know what they are talking about. I have studied it. Anyone that says marijuana leads to other drugs doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    Just because someone smokes marijuana doesn’t mean they are going to try cocaine or herien. Anyone that tries cocaine or herein chose to try it. Marijuana does NOT make you try cocaine or herein. That’s like saying smoking cigarettes will make you want to try cocaine or herein or drinking alcohol will make you want to try cocaine or herein. Every individual makes their own choose. The bottom line is that medical marijuana needs to be legal in every state because there are people in every state that absolutely need medical marijuana. When it becomes legal in every state that doesn’t mean you have to smoke it.

    If someone doesn’t want to smoke it, then they don’t have to, but we need it for our bodies to function properly. There is no if, and, or buts about it. Medical Marijuana Must become legal in every state. Medical marijuana will be taxed just like cigarettes. The government will make a fortune off of the taxes from medical marijuana. 1 out of 3 Americans already smoke marijuana when it’s illegal. People literally need to smoke medical marijuana.

    Once medical marijuana is legal in every state it could be sold at every gas station and any store that sells cigarettes or smoking related products. Do you want someone to tell you that you can’t eat pizza for breakfast because it’s against the law. I didn’t think so. Don’t ever tell someone what that they can put in their body. It’s not your body. I am sick and tired of people that don’t even smoke marijuana saying that they don’t think it should be legal.

    If you don’t smoke marijuana you don’t have a clue what it does. So shut up. That’s right. I said shut up because you don’t have a clue what marijuana does because you never smoked it. All you know about marijuana is what you were told by someone. So I don’t want to ever want to see anyone on the news that doesn’t even smoke marijuana talking about it as if they actually know what it does. Marijuana makes me feel amazing. I have never had anything that made me feel better than marijuana. It calms me down and helps me concentrate and it relieves my migraines.

    I would always smoke marijuana before school because it helps me concentrate. I was an Honor Roll student. No, marijuana does NOT have any major side effects. No, marijuana is NOT addicting. I would smoke marijuana almost every day for 5 years. Then I got sick and tired of hearing people tell me it was addicting, so I stops smoking marijuana for a year. I just quit cold turkey to prove that it’s NOT addicting. I would recomend to smoke medical marijuana daily or as your doctor prescribes if you have a condition. No, marijuana does NOT make you feel good at first and then you feel like crap later.

    Once the marijuana wears off you feel just like you did before you started smoking it. Medical marijuana will help almost any condition and you will feel amazing. MOST IMPORTANT, medical marijuana will raise your self confidence. Honestly, there is nothing in the world that gives you more confidence than smoking marijuana. Depression and lack of confidence is a serious problem, espesially with teens getting picked on at school. Teens and Adults need to raise their self confidence.

    There is literally no down side to legalizing medical marijuana. So make it legal in every state already. You are hurting millions of people that need medical marijuana by not legalizing it. No one is going to get hurt by legalizing medical marijuana in every state. Legalizing medical marijuana will create billions or trillions in tax dollars, it will help treat people’s conditions, and it will definately lower the crime rate. If medical marijuana is legal everyone will just by it from their doctor or a distributor instead of buying it from a drug dealer off of the street and possibly getting shot or killed.

    So many people get killed over marijuana because the drug dealer needs the money. No one would ever buy marijuana from a drug dealer if they could buy it at the store or from a doctor. No matter what people are going to smoke marijuana. It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or not. So who would you rather see people buying marijuana from, a drug dealer or a doctor? Think about that for one second. Only good will come from legalizing medical marijuana.

    Only bad will come from keeping medical marijuana illegal in certain states. We are supposed to be the United States. United means we come together as one. We are not United with every state having different laws. Medical marijuana needs to be legal in every state. This is the worst the economy has every been since the great depression. Medical marijuana is are only hope. United we stand. Divided we fall. Cigarettes are legal. Alcohol is legal. It time to make medical marijuana legal in every state.

    • This is exactly how I feel.

      The Right to ones own body should be the one human right that is granted to anyone to put anything they want in there body.

      You’re allowed to get plastic surgery which puts known harmful toxic chemicals into your body but you’re not allowed to smoke pot.

      You can drink alcohol and smoke tobacco but you can’t smoke pot?

      It’s like the natural version of both alcohol and tobacco (before it’s processed)

      Unfortunately a “Right to self” would completely throw allot of things out the window in courts, GLT rights advocates would say that if you can do what ever you want with your own body then they should be allowed to marry. Harder drugs would have to be allowed because users could argue that they have a right to use heroin or cocaine.

    • I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT. You spelled heroin wrong though dude. Fyi.

  7. i like micks answer.

    i think any 1 who has to live with pain should be able to use what ever in the hell that they need for pain relief i do not think the damm gov. should be able to tell u what u need for pain unless they have wore your damm shoes and lived in pain for 11yrs 24/7 then they can tell you what u need for pain .let them live in my damm shoes for about 2 damm days and i bet they will c things alot damm different.

    At least in is growed not damm processed in some damm plant and it workes better and is cheaper if u grow it thanks

    • Never has there been a better statement. That is the reason why I smoke and don’t drink (much).

  8. I guess we r not United States I live on HYDROCODON 10-660 for long time witch is killing my insides Ive been smoking weed since I was put in foster home at 14 I got caught with a half pound had 2 quit the pills r going kill me Marijuana is safe why r we not united This world needs 2 wake up n take care of r world.

  9. This is a wonderful website! I was looking to see if it was legal to transport medical marijuana between states. I couldn’t find the information on this site but found an interesting article about the legality on this site.

    http://www.elitelawyerproject.com/blog/2011/04/personal-injury-group-transporting-medical-marijuana-across-state-line/ when will the government realize that this is medicine and treat as such? thanks for this great information and i hope this article helps others better understand the laws, and if you get in trouble what to do next.

  10. Hey I just want to say your site is AWESOME and thanks for all the love! ;) You are doing a great service and providing a valuable resource to the community. That is all. Thanks again.

  11. Do you think the Phil Government will allow the use of marijuana as a medicine?

  12. my mom had cancer she has pased if i knew then what i knew now i probably been busted.

  13. Can I transport from one legal state to another legal state on an airplane?

  14. Legalization is sweeping the nation, especially the west coast. Still, people are prosecuted in spite of the laws. If you need legal help, and I hope you never do, this site has lists of marijuana criminal defense lawyers: marijuana-lawyer.net
    Fight the good fight!

  15. Isn’t there some leftover law from when there were less states in the Union that went if something is ruled federally legal in seventeen states than it is federally legal? With only one state to go and six considering it is time to get some lawyers and legal activists to jump in that loophole and take a swing at it!

  16. i think all states need to legalize marijuana think of it this way people who are in pain or need medication for any reason and have to take medication would you rather them smoke something grown from the earth that is not addicting or have them hooked on pain killers and ect. I believe that marijuana isnt harmful and should be legal in more ways than one!

    I live in South Carolina. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PEOPLE IT COULD BE OF GREAT MEDICAL USE!!!!!!!!!!

    • i dont understand how how a government of the people and for the people, as well as secretly useing in the closet, can keep a naturally obtained chemical that is already being made by ur brain, as well, that has several different, self proven, benefits.

      Depression, anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, pain(of all kinds) illegal. the only health hazard that can be tied to marijuana use, recreational or not, is the smoking of it. there is now a machine, has been around for a while, called a nebulizer that takes the hazards of smoking out. So how can the FDA lawfully classify a plants chemical, THC(tetrahydra cannabanoid), a chemical that every person alive uses everyday they are alive because their brain makes it, schedule 1 no medical or other benefcial use proven EVRYBODY HAS THE SAME CHEMICAL IN MARIJUANA IN THEIR BODIES RIGHT NOW AND USE EVERYDAY.

      Why is it different, because a plant makes it? HELLO ALMOST ALL MEDICINES USED TODAY CAME FROM A PLANT OF SOME KIND! What happened to the baby boomers did they jst vanish? We(the people) need to take back control of OUR country and stop letting stigma lead the way!

    • Densanee I suffer with neuraphy contacted via agent orange in viet nam all the Drs want to give me is strong drugs. There has to be a better way not to suffer so much pain.

      Richie SC

  17. What if u have a perscrition 4 it and live in a state thats not on the list ?

    • Anji:

      If you live in a state that does not recognize marijuana as being a legalized substance – you will be arrested and go to jail or prison – even if you have a prescription from another state. Additionally, you can still be prosecuted by the government for illegal use of drugs even in the states that allow marijuana use with a prescription. It might be legal in some state to use it but the U.S. Government does not recognize their laws and have gone after some distributors and even users.

  18. Idaho is still set on no one ever smoking Marijuana legally in this state. Bummer because i have Insomnia and major ankle pain due to shattering it.

  19. I’m so screw up, can’t even spell right anymore. ‘that’s what happen when a men meet a philipino and had a love child with.

    After nine years rasing my princess, seperate since princess was year and half. now I’m so depress thinking suicide! because the nazi family Court took my custody away from me, because I’ll told my daughter to right a letter to her law guardian, stating she want to talk to the Judge, because the other Judge before herask me to bring my daughter to Court, so she can speak to her, when I’ll brough her to court, the Judge forgot what she told me, 9 month ago. now the other Judge took all my right away. haven’t see my daughter since 9-16-10.

    Which is better, marijuana or suicide?

  20. This page isn’t making sense to me. The map shows my state as light green…a state considering legalizing medical use. Then in the lists, it’s listed as a state where it’s illegal and no further information available. It’s not shown in the list of states considering legalizing medical use. So which is it? I live in MS. Is MS considering legalizing for medical use or not? I really REALLY hope the map is right! I live in constant pain and cannot handle the side effects of any pharmaceuticals that actually work. I’m just not really interested in living the rest of my life in a drug induced semi-coma until the drugs finally kill me off. :/

  21. for starters, get marijauana off the f***ing Schedule I list!!! since 15 states are using it for medicinal use and a schedule I drug means is has NO medicinal use??!! who’s head is up their ass!

  22. CONSIDERING THAT 16 STATES HAVE ALREADY LEGALIZED POT,OHIO HAS TO TAKE ITS SPOT ALMOST IN LAST PLACE. TO MANY GOOD PEOPLE HAS LOST THERE FREEDOM DO TO IT BEING ILLEGAL. ID RATHER ENCOUNTER A HIGH PERSON THAN A DRUNK. SOUNDS SAFER TO ME

  23. In New Mexico we are in a big mess… there are over 2000 patients approved, 11 providers (taken 3 years to get them…) and they run out of a crop in 24 hours. I have talked to my doctor about going to bat for me and she basically told me it was more trouble than it was worth (to who..? her obviously!) And that in a few years it might get easier. Meanwhile, with fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic pain, PTSD and insomnia I need the help. The situation is crazy really. It is very difficult to qualify in New Mexico for something we should have as a healing blessing by our own free choice

  24. I live in Florida and wish I could get it. I have ADD and a lot of anxiety. I lived in Michigan when we passed it there but moved before it took effect. The doctors put me on meds that were really bad and I think marijuana would be a great alternative.

  25. I’m 37 years old with terminal stage IV cancer. I live in PA and am wondering if I can travel to another state to get it. Do I need some one with that states drivers license to get it for me? Thanks for your help. I’m desperate and think I deserve to try anything that make the pain, nausea, anxiety easier.

    Thanks.

  26. High, This group is not the only one preparing legislative proposals in Arkansas. There is at least one more bill being written for Introduction in the 2011 session of the legislature. There are now 5 or 6 groups on Facebook, representing different areas and demographics in the State. Looks like there is a good deal of effort being done and maintaining a low profile.

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  29. I wish Medical Marijuana were legal in Louisiana. My Neurologist says that it would help my severe chronic pain from a rare form of Muscular Dystropy and the nerve damaged caused by 30+ surgeries. Louisiana remains in the Dark Ages where medical marijuana is concerned. Louisiana has the strictest drug laws in the USA which is all well and good. But Marijuana needs to be legalized for medical reasons.

  30. It needs to happen in Wyoming!If not for the eonomic reasons alone it should be legalized for the relief of patients with mild chronic pain to cancer.

    I’m at bay with the government regulating it as purely medical and not partially social by selling in mass @ certain canabis establishments and being the age of 21 and taxing it because as it stands if you get a mj stamp alot of insurance carriers will consider that to be a pre existing condition.

  31. I live in Arizona and am being treated for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, inter cystitis, bulged disc with a pinched nerve. I see a pain management specialist, im taking approximately 11 meds… including Oxycontin, Vicodin, Lyrica and on the Humira. I have withdrawal symptoms if I miss a day, and the side affects are horrible.

    Now please explain as to why does our government think it’s ok to be on narcotics but not ok to allow us to smoke marijuana which I think is an alternative treatment, I mean it’s a herb right?

    I’m in constant pain and feel so hopeless that I am now seeing a therapist for my depression. Why can’t we have a say in our treatment?

  32. I’m curious to know if there is a way with my doctors prescription to legally buy from the federal government. I saw a special on legalizing marijuana and how some of the people actually had an arrangement that would allow them to receive by mail, it came in a container and had exactly 365 marijuans cigarretts already rolled for you? how can i get around the red tape legally. I would so rather smoke marijuana then take my pain pills @ least it’s not addicting.

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  34. Does anyone know when they may consider that the state of Illinois become a chain in this medical transformation. I myself suffer from depression. Im sorry to say that the man made medicine isnt helping me at all. I dont wanna say im dependent on marijuana to make it through mentally and spiritualy but i kinda am. Although ive been clean for quiet sometime…years even. I still cant focus the way the government would like me to. I just hope for a break and they give us what we need.

  35. If you grow corn in Iowa the government pays you money for growing that crop. this is a weird concept but most farmers only break even or close.

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