Legal Status of Medical Marijuana per State

The legal status of medical marijuana differs per state. In a lot of states medical marijuana is still pending legalization, while it is already decriminalized or even legal in other states. On the map, you can check yourself whether medical marijuana is legal or not. You can also pick your state from the list to read some additional information.

Legal Status of Medical Marijuana per State

Legalized
Pending legislation

  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Lousiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Alabama

Medical marijuana pending legislation

House Bill 315 will, when or if it becomes an act, make the personal use and possession of marijuana legal for qualifying patients in possession of a valid medical marijuana identification card.

Alabama Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Alaska

Medical marijuana decriminalized

Non-commercial possession of cannabis is legal up to 4 oz (110 g) or 25 plants owned for personal use by adults in the privacy of their homes. The only way to obtain medical marijuana as a patient is to grow your own, or have a caregiver grow it for you. Medical marijuana patients need a certificate from their doctor. The following symptoms or illnesses currently qualify: cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy (and other conditions characterized by spasms), chronic glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and nausea.

Alaska Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Arizona

Medical marijuana decriminalized

A patient may have up to twelve plants and two and one-half ounces of usable marijuana. Patients must have received permission to cultivate in order to grow their own medicine, and can only grow cannabis in an "enclosed" space, whether it is indoors or outdoors.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Arkansas

Medical marijuana pending legislation

Issue 5, the Medical Marijuana Act, was defeated in 2012. Of all voters, almost 52% was against the act that would have legalized the existence of marijuana dispensaries for medicinal purposes. A new act is being prepared for 2014.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in California

Medical marijuana decriminalized

California has a long history of attempted marijuana legalization and decriminalization.

California Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Colorado

Medical marijuana legalized

In November 2012, Colorado legalized recreational cannabis. You may grow up to three immature and three mature cannabis plants privately in a locked space, and you're allowed to possess all cannabis from the plants grown. You may also legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis while traveling, and give up to one ounce to anyone over twenty as a gift. Amendment 64 does not apply to medical marijuana users, who were already allowed to "no more than two ounces of marijuana and not more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature flowering plants" under Amendment 20.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Medical marijuana decriminalized

The use of medical marijuana for certain "debilitating medical conditions" is decriminalized, as is possession of small personal use amounts of recreational marijuana.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Delaware

Medical marijuana decriminalized

Officially, medical marijuana has been legal in Delaware since Title 16, Chapter 49A of the Delaware Code became effective on Juli 1, 2012. However, building compassion centers would be in conflict with federal law and is therefore suspended.

Delaware Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Medical marijuana pending legislation

On 5 March 2013, a senate bill as well as a house bill were introduced. According to the bill, qualifying patients should be allowed to possess up to 4 ounces of dried medical cannabis, and 8 mature marijuana plants or 8 immature marijuana plants.

Florida Medical Marijuana Resources


Legal Status of Medical Marijuana in Washington

Medical marijuana legalized

Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington since 1998. In 2012, Washington also approved the legalization of recreational cannabis. This makes Washington one of just two states (the other being Colorado) where marijuana is fully legal under state law.

Washington Medical Marijuana Resources