How to Legally Use Medical Marijuana in Different States of the U.S.

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"You must read this article to know medical marijuana regulations of different states if you need to use it in the United States."
Jubilee Justice | Spiritual

Medical cannabis is a very effective treatment for patients with certain diseases. In the United States, each state has different regulations for the medical use of marijuana. Therefore, if you have a need to use medical marijuana, you must follow the laws and regulations of your locality and use them in accordance with relevant procedures to avoid causing some trouble.

In the wake of an ever-increasing number of states has decriminalized marijuana, legalize marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or the combination of three, federal and state laws have set the medical use of marijuana under certain conditions. 

Marijuana Legal Maps in U.S.
Marijuana legaliazation in medical and recreational use is divided in 33 states, plus D.C. Souces conducted by PROS & CONS OF CURRENT ISSUES RELIABLE. NONPARTISAN. EMPOWERING. | Chart edited by Katherine Wong

By the time of this writing, 33 states including D.C is now legal for medical marijuana. 11 states plus D.C has legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes.

Thanks to each state’s blameless information and updates on marijuana regulations and related policies, we got a full concept for all here. The following is the medical marijuana regulations of 33 states compiled by VAPEBIZ, click to view, and it will give you an idea about different approaches to the regulation of medical marijuana.

Year:

1998

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Measure 8 (58%)

Possession Limit:

1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV or AIDS
    • Any chronic or debilitating disease or treatment for such diseases, which produces conditions that may be alleviated by the medical use of the marijuana: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic or multiple sclerosis.
    • Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. 

Registration Type:

Mandatory

Fees: 

    • No other states’ registry ID cards is accepted
    • $25 new application
    • $20 for renewal

 

Learn more at Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Year:

2010

Bills & Act (Vote):

Proposition 203 (50.13%)

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable per 14-day period; 12 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis C
    • ALS
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy)
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)
    • Starting Jan.1, 2015, PTSD was added to the list

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards, while does not permit visiting patients to obtain marijuana from an Arizona dispensary

Fees: 

    • $150
    • $75 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants

 

Learn more at Arizona Department of Health Services

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Measure Issue 6 (53.2%) 

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable per 14-day period

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis C
    • ALS
    • Tourette’s syndrome
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • PTSD, severe   arthritis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; peripheral neuropathy; intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six months
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
    • Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health.  

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards, upon completion of the visiting patient form and providing proof of a registry identification card from another state.

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Arkansas Department of Health

Year:

1996

Bills & Act (Vote):

Proposition 215 (56%)

Possession Limit:

8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants

Approved Conditions:

    • AIDS
    • Anorexia
    • Arthritis 
    • Cachexia
    • Cancer
    • Chronic pain
    • Glaucoma
    • Migraine
    • Persistent muscle spasms, including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
    • Seizures, including seizures associated  with epilepsy 
    • Severe nausea
    • Other chronic or persistent medical symptoms.

Registration Type:

    • Voluntary
    • No other states’ registry ID cards is accepted

Fees: 

Fees vary by county, not to exceed $100

 

Learn more at California Department of Public Health

Year:

2000

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Amendment 20 (54%) 

Possession Limit:

2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS positive
    • Cachexia
    • Severe pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy
    • Persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis
    • PTSD
    • Autism spectrum disorder, and all conditions for which opioids could be prescribed to treat
    • Other conditions are subject to approval by the Colorado Board of Health

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory (for access to medical marijuana, as opposed to recreational/adult-use cannabis)
    • No other states’ registry ID cards is accepted

Fees: 

$25 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Year:

2012

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 5389 (96-51 H, 21-13 S)

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Parkinson’s Disease 
    • Multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Post laminectomy syndrome with chronic   radiculopathy
    • Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
    • ALS
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis
    • irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
    • Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care
    • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
    • Spasticity or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia
    • Severe rheumatoid arthritis, postherpetic   neuralgia
    • Hydrocephalus with intractable headache
    • Intractable headache syndromes, neuropathic facial pain
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta
    • Chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders

*For patients under 18:

    • Cerebral palsy
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
    • Severe epilepsy
    • Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care
    • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory (for access to medical marijuana, as opposed to recreational/adult-use cannabis)
    • No other states’ registry ID cards is accepted

Fees: 

$100 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection

Year:

2011

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 17 (27-14 H, 17-4 S)

Possession Limit:

6 oz usable

Approved Conditions:

    • Terminal illness
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Decompensated cirrhosis
    • ALS, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
    • Post-Traumatic Stress   Disorder (PTSD)
    • Intractable epilepsy
    • Autism with aggressive behavior
    • Glaucoma
    • Chronic debilitating migraine
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe
    • Debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measure for more than three months, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
    • Intractable nausea
    • Seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not   limited to those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis     
    • Pediatric Patient Qualifying Conditions:
    • Intractable epilepsy
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition where they have failed treatment for cachexia or wasting syndrome, intractable nausea, or severe, painful, persistent muscle spasms, and autism with self-injurious or aggressive behavior. 
    • *“Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers: Qualifying Debilitating Medical Conditions,”  (accessed Dec. 27, 2019)

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory 
    • No other states’ registry ID cards is accepted

Fees: 

$125 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Delaware Government

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Amendment 2 (71.3%)

Possession Limit:

35-day supply

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Epilepsy
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • PTSD, ALS,
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing   the physician certification
    • Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.  

Registration Type:

Unclear whether accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$75 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry

Year:

2000

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 862 (32-18 H; 13-12 S)

Possession Limit:

4 oz usable; 10 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Lupus
    • Epilepsy
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • HIV/AIDS
    • PTSD
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards, while Out-of-state patients with a valid card issued by another state may apply for two 60-day terms per calendar year. The application cost is $49.50 and the patient must have a condition approved for medical marijuana use in Hawaii.

Fees: 

Patient Registry Fee:$35 + $3.50 portal administration fee

 

Learn more at HI Medical Marijuana Registry Program

Year:

2013

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 1 (61-57 H; 35-21 S) 

Possession Limit:

2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days

Approved Conditions:

    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Arnold-Chiari malformation
    • Cancer
    • Causalgia
    • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
    • Crohn’s disease
    • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
    • Dystonia
    • Fibrous dysplasia
    • Glaucoma
    • Hepatitis C
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Hydromyelia
    • Interstitial cystitis
    • lupus
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myoclonus
    • Nail-patella syndrome
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Post-concussion syndrome
    • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    • Residual limb pain
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
    • Severe fibromyalgia
    • Sjogren’s syndrome
    • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Spinocerebellar ataxia
    • Syringomyelia
    • Tarlov cysts
    • Tourette syndrome
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Cachexia/wasting syndrome, alternative to opioid treatment
    • Autism, chronic pain
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Migraines, osteoarthritis
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Ehrler-Danlos Syndrome
    • Neuro-Bechet’s Autoimmune Disease
    • Neuropathy
    • Polycystic kidney disease
    • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
    • PTSD and terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than six months (no application fee).
    • On July 20, 2014, Gov. Quinn signed Senate Bill 2636, which amended the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children under 18 to be treated with non-smokable forms of medical marijuana for the same conditions originally approved for adults. An underage patient’s parent or guardian must serve as caregiver, and signatures from two doctors are required. The bill, which became effective Jan. 1, 2015, also added seizures, including those related to epilepsy, to the list of approved conditions.

Registration Type:

States’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • One year: $100 / $50 for veterans or people enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs
    • Two years: $200 / $100 (reduced application fee)
    • Three years: $250 /$125 (reduced application fee)

 

Learn more at Illinois Cannabis Patient Registry Program

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 271 (62-32 H; 22-14 S) 

Possession Limit:

One-month supply, amount to be determined. Inhalation and vaping of marijuana, as well as marijuana in raw or smoked form, are not allowed by the law. Acceptable forms are oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension, gelatin-based chewables, lotions, transdermal patches, and suppositories.

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Seizure disorders
    • Epilepsy, spasticity
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Glaucoma
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Severe muscle spasms
    • Intractable pain
    • Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)
    • Four conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder

Registration Type:

Unclear about whether accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

Unknown

Year:

1999

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 611

Possession Limit:

2.5 ounces usable; 6 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV
    • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
    • Hepatitis C
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Nail-patella syndrome
    • Chronic intractable pain
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures (epilepsy)
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
    • Multiple sclerosis

Registration Type:

    • Voluntary
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards
    • “Law enforcement will accept appropriate authorization from a participating state, but that patient cannot purchase marijuana in Maine without registering here. That requires a Maine physician and a Maine driver license or other picture ID issued by the state of Maine. The letter from a physician in another state is only good for 30 days.”
    • Aug. 19, 2010 email from Maine’s Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services

Fees: 

$0 Caregivers pay $300/patient (limit of 5 patients; if not growing marijuana, there is no fee)

 

Learn more at Maine Medical Marijuana Program

Year:

2014

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 881 (125-11 H; 44-2 S)

Possession Limit:

30-day supply, determined by physician

Approved Conditions:

    • Chronic
    • Debilitating disease
    • Medical condition that causes: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), “or another chronic medical condition which is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective.”

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

*Noted that a person from out-of-state who is in the state for the purpose of receiving medical care can be issued a written certification and obtain medical cannabis, but the state does not accept ID cards from other states.

Fees: 

$50 for optional patient ID card

 

Learn more at Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

Year:

2012

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Question 3 (63%)

Possession Limit:

60-day supply for personal medical use (10 oz)

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Positive status for human
    • Immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
    • Hepatitis C
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician. 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program

Year:

2008

Bills & Act (Vote):

Proposal 1 (63%)

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable; 12 plants – The twelve plants may be kept by the patient only if he or she has not specified a primary caregiver to cultivate the marijuana for him or her.

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV
    • AIDS
    • Hepatitis C
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
    • Nail patella
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures
    • Epilepsy
    • Muscle spasms
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • PTSD

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • $200 annual fee 
    • $50 for patients on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance, or enrolled in MinnesotaCare

 

Learn more at Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Year:

2014

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 2470 (46-16 S; 89-40 H) *Smoking is not a method approved by the bill

Possession Limit:

30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana

Approved Conditions:

    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Tourette’s syndrome
    • ALS
    • Seizures/epilepsy
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms/MS, Crohn’s disease
    • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of under one year
    • PTSD
    • Intractable pain
    • Chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration to be added in Aug, 2020.
    • Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger certified autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as qualifying conditions on Nov. 30, 2017. 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • $200 annual fee 
    • $50 for patients on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance, or enrolled in MinnesotaCare

 

Learn more at Minnesota Department of Health

Year:

2018

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Amendment 2 (66%)

Possession Limit:

60-day supply; 6 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Epilepsy
    • Glaucoma
    • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
    • Chronic medical condition that causes severe
    • Persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis
    • Seizures
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Tourette’s syndrome
    • Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including PTSD, HIV/AIDS, chronic medical condition normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, terminal illness, or any other condition in the professional judgment of a physician, such as hepatitis C, ALS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, Alzheimer’s, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.  

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Unclear about whether accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$25 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Year:

2004

Bills & Act (Vote):

Initiative 148 (62%)  

Possession Limit:

    • 1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature);
    • 12 seedlings “A provider or marijuana-infused products provider may assist a maximum of three registered cardholders…” and “may not accept anything of value, including monetary remuneration, for any services or products provided to a registered cardholder.”  
    • Updates: On Nov. 6, 2012, Montana voters approved initiative referendum No. 124 by a vote of 56.5% to 43.5%, upholding SB 423.

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Positive status for HIV/AIDS, or the treatment of these conditions
    • A chronic
    • Debilitating disease
    • Medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including seizures caused by epilepsy
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
    • Admittance to hospice care
    • Painful peripheral neuropathy
    • A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic
    • Painful spasticity
    • Muscle spasms
    • PTSD

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$5 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Montana Medical Marijuana Program

Year:

2000

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Question 9 (65%)

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable; 12 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Positive status for HIV/AIDS, or the treatment of these condition
    • A chronic
    • Debilitating disease
    • Medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including seizures caused by epilepsy
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
    • Admittance to hospice care
    • Painful peripheral neuropathy
    • A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic
    • Painful spasticity
    • Muscle spasms
    • PTSD
    • AIDS
    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Any medical condition or treatment to a medical condition that produces cachexia, persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis) or seizures (including epilepsy),   severe nausea or pain, and PTSD
    • Other conditions are subject to approval by the health division of the state Department of Human Resources

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • $100 new
    • $75 renewal

 

Learn more at Nevada Government DPBH

Year:

2013

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 573 (284-66 H; 18-6 S)

Possession Limit:

Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period

Approved Conditions:

“(1) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C currently receiving antiviral treatment, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider;

AND (2) A severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia, chemotherapy-induced anorexia, wasting syndrome, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent muscle spasms.”

Also: Hepatitis C (effective June 16, 2017), moderate to severe chronic pain (effective Aug. 15, 2017), and moderate or severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effect (effective Aug. 27, 2017)

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program

Year:

2010

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 119 (48-14 H; 25-13 S)

Possession Limit:

3 oz usable

Approved Conditions:

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Anxiety
    • Cancer
    • Chronic pain
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Glaucoma
    • Inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease
    • Intractable skeletal
    • Spasticity
    • Migraine
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Opioid Use Disorder, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Seizure disorder including epilepsy
    • Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
    • Tourette Syndrome  

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • $200 (valid for two years).
    • Reduced fee of $20 for patients qualifying for state or federal assistance programs.

 

Learn more at New Jersey Division of Medicinal Marijuana

Year:

2007

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 523 (36-31 H; 32-3 S)

Possession Limit:

6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)

Approved Conditions:

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
    • Cancer
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Epilepsy
    • Glaucoma
    • Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Hospice care
    • Inclusion body myositis
    • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
    • Intractable nausea/vomiting
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
    • Painful peripheral neuropathy
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • PTSD
    • Severe chronic pain
    • Severe anorexia/cachexia
    • Spasmodic torticollis
    • Ulcerative colitis

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

Free

 

Learn more at New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

Year:

2014

Bills & Act (Vote):

Assembly Bill 6357 (117-13 A; 49-10 S)  *Smoking is not a method approved by the bill.

Possession Limit:

30-day supply non-smokable marijuana

Approved Conditions:

“You are potentially eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with a specific severe, debilitating or life threatening condition that is accompanied by an associated or complicating condition.

By law, those conditions are: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, and Huntington’s disease. The associated or complicating conditions are cachexia   or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or   severe or persistent muscle spasms.” PTSD approved as of Nov. 11, 2017.
 
“Pain that degrades health and functional capability where the use… is an alternative to opioid use” and substance use disorder as of Sep. 24, 2018. Physicians must complete a four-hour course approved by the New York State Department of Health and register with the Department to certify patients. “A certified patient may receive medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in New York State.”  
“Frequently Asked Questions,” health.ny.gov (accessed Mar. 1, 2016) 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Measure 5 (63.7%)

Possession Limit:

    • 3 oz per 14-day period
    • “If the qualifying patient’s home is located more than forty miles from the nearest compassionate care center, the qualified patient or designated caregiver may cultivate up to eight marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.” North Dakota Compassionate Care Act

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis C
    • ALS
    • PTSD
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Dementia
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Spinal stenosis or chronic back pain including neuropathy or damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, glaucoma, epilepsy
    • A chronic or debilitating disease medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not   limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
    • Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the North Dakota Department of Health.  

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at North Dakota Division of Medical Marijuana

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 523 (71-26 H; 18-15 S)  *Smoking is not a method approved by the bill.

Possession Limit:

Maximum of a 90-day supply, amount to be determined

Approved Conditions:

    • AIDS/HIV
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • ALS, cancer
    • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Epilepsy
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Glaucoma
    • Hepatitis C
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Chronic
    • Severe or intractable pain
    • Parkinson’s disease, PTSD
    • Sickle cell anemia
    • Spinal cord disease or injury
    • Tourette’s syndrome
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Ulcerative colitis 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

* “Currently, Ohio does not recognize medical marijuana registry cards issued in other states. The law requires that the Board of Pharmacy attempt in good faith to negotiate and enter into reciprocity agreements with other states. If Ohio does enter into a reciprocity agreement with another state, more information will be posted to the OMMCP website.”

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Ohio‘s Official Resource for the Medical Marijuana Control Program

Year:

2018

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Question 788 (56.8%)

Possession Limit:

3 oz usable; 12 plants (6 mature, 6 immature)

Approved Conditions:

There is no list of approved conditions.

According to the law, “A medical marijuana license must be recommended according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication.” 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

* Visiting patients from other legal states may apply for a 30-day temporary license in Oklahoma at a cost of $100

Fees: 

    • $100 for a two-year license; Reduced fees:
    • $20 for individuals on Medicaid, Medicare, or SoonerCare

 

Learn more at Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

Year:

1998

Bills & Act (Vote):

Ballot Measure 67 (55%)

Possession Limit:

24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Degenerative or pervasive neurological condition
    • Positive status for HIV/AIDS, or treatment for these conditions
    • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including seizures caused by epilepsy, or persistent muscle spasms, including spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.
    • Other conditions are subject to approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.  

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

    • $200 for new applications and renewals; Reduced fees:
    • $60 for persons receiving SNAP (food stamp)
    • $50 for Oregon Health Plan cardholders
    • $20 for persons receiving SSI benefits
    • $20 for individuals who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States

 

Learn more at Oregon Medical Marijuana

Year:

2016

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 3 (149-46 H; 42-7 S) *Smoking is not a method approved by the bill

Possession Limit:

30-day supply

Approved Conditions:

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Autism
    • Cancer
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity and other associated neuropathies, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS,   Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, intractable seizures, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathies, opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain, sickle cell anemia, and terminal illness
    • Tourette syndrome

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Unclear about whether accepts other states’ registry ID cards.

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Year:

2006

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S)

Possession Limit:

2.5 oz usable; 12 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Positive status for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or the treatment of these conditions
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe
    • Debilitating
    • Chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
    • Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health. 

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards, but only for the conditions approved in Rhode Island

Fees: 

$50 / $25 Patient Registry Fee for applicants on Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

 

Learn more at Rhode Island Department of Health

Year:

2018

Bills & Act (Vote):

House Bill 3001 (60-13 H; 22-4 S) 

Possession Limit:

113 grams of unprocessed cannabis Smoking is not a method approved by the law; liquid, pill, and vaporized liquid or oil are allowed.

Approved Conditions:

    • HIV/AIDS
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • ALS; cancer
    • Cachexia
    • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to pregnancy
    • Cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome, or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
    • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
    • Epilepsy
    • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
    • PTSD (under specific conditions)
    • Autism
    • A terminal illness when the patient’s remaining life expectancy is less than   six months
    • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
    • A rare condition or disease that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals in the United States
    • Pain under specific conditions

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Unclear about whether accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

Unknown

 

Learn more at Utah Medical Cannabis Program

Year:

2004

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59) 

Possession Limit:

    • 2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
    • A marijuana plant shall be considered mature when male or female flower buds are readily observed on the plant by unaided visual examination. Until this sexual differentiation has taken place, a marijuana plant will be considered immature.

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • AIDS
    • Positive status for HIV
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Glaucoma or the treatment of these conditions if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms
    • A disease, medical condition, or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating and produces severe, persistent, and one or more of the following intractable symptoms: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain or nausea or seizures.

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$50 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Vermont Department of Public Safety Marijuana registry

Year:

1998

Bills & Act (Vote):

Initiative 692 (59%)

Possession Limit:

8 oz usable; 6 plants

Approved Conditions:

    • Cancer
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
    • Spasticity disorders
    • Intractable pain, limited to pain unrelieved by standard medical treatments and medications
    • Glaucoma, either acute or chronic, limited to mean increased intraocular pressure unrelieved by standard treatments and medications
    • Crohn’s disease with debilitating symptoms unrelieved by standard treatments or medications
    • Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain unrelieved by standard treatments or medications
    • Diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by   standard treatments or medications
    • Chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis
    • PTSD
    • Traumatic brain injury 

Registration Type:

    • Voluntary
    • Registry for recognition cards is required if patients and designated providers 21 and older wish to have access to the following benefits:
      • Purchase products sales-tax free
      • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users
      • Purchase high-THC infused products
      • Grow more than four plants in their residence
      • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.
    • Accepts other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

$1 Patient Registry Fee

 

Learn more at Washington State Department of Health

Year:

2017

Bills & Act (Vote):

Senate Bill 386 (74-24 H; 28-6 S)  *Smoking is not a method approved by the bill

Possession Limit:

30-day supply (amount TBD)

Approved Conditions:

Subject to approval by the commission:

    • Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions that result in a patient being   admitted into Hospice or receiving palliative care
    • Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions or the treatment of chronic or Debilitating diseases or medical conditions that produce: Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting   syndrome
    • Severe or chronic pain that does not find effective relief through standard pain medication
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
    • Refractory generalized anxiety disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory 
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards

Fees: 

Unknown

 

Learn more at West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources

Year:

2010

Bills & Act (Vote):

Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 Vote)

Possession Limit:

2 oz dried

Approved Conditions:

Enrolled in Medical Marijuana Program

Registration Type:

    • Mandatory 
    • Accepts no other states’ registry ID cards
    • On Aug. 8, 2019, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an emergency rulemaking to “allow non-District residents with medical marijuana cards [from other legal states] to purchase medical marijuana during their visits to Washington, DC.”

Fees: 

    • $100 initial or renewal fee
    • $25 for low-income patients

 

Learn more at DC Government – Department of Health

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Columbia University | New York, NY (Currently enrolled) Master of Laws (LL.M.) Criminal Defense Candidate Penn State University | University Park, PA (2019) Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Art (B.A.) English, Criminal Justice, Counselling Psychology, Human Sexuality, Piano CREDENTIALS AND LICENSES: • Paralegal • English and Chinese Interpreter • English Professor in College • Clinical Psychotherapist • Musical and Art Psychotherapist • Child and Adult Piano Teacher • Performance pianist of Level 8

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