Medical Marijuana – State-by-State Legalization Guide

Keeping track of marijuana laws is quite the task these days. Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in certain states, illegal in others, and have mixed legal status in certain other states.

Below we compile all of the medical marijuana laws state by state to help you make sense of it all.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to keep this resource as up to date as possible. Please double check with your State’s official website to ensure that medical marijuana is still legal there. Some data below may be old and we will update as legalization progresses.

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Marijuana Legalization Map

Marijuana Legalization Map

Alabama – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Alabama?

In Alabama, medical marijuana is legal under statute SB46, passed in 2021. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Patients from other states cannot access medical marijuana.

Alaska – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Alaska?

In Alaska, medical marijuana is legal under Measure 8 (1998) and SB 94 (1999). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Patients from other states cannot access medical marijuana but can buy recreational marijuana from other dispensaries.

Arizona – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Arizona?

Arizona allows medical marijuana under Proposition 203, passed in 2010. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients can purchase under certain conditions.

Arkansa – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Arkansas?

It is legal to purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas, thanks to Issue 6, passed in 2016. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients can purchase.

California – Is Medical Marijuana legal in California?

Medical marijuana is legal in California under Proposition 215 and SB 420, passed in 1996 and 2003, respectively. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries (cooperatives/collectives) are legal. Out-of-state patients cannot purchase.

Colorado – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Colorado?

Colorado legalized medical marijuana with Amendment 20 (2000). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients cannot purchase.

Connecticut – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Connecticut?

Medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut under HB 5389, passed in 2012. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase.

Delaware – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Delaware?

Delaware legalized medical marijuana sales in 2011 with SB 17. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase.

Florida – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana is legal in Florida under Amendment 2 (2016). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Georgia – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Georgia?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Georgia.

Hawaii – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Hawaii?

Medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii under SB 862 (2000). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Idaho – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Idaho?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Idaho.

Illinois – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Illinois?

Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois under HB 1 (2013). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Indiana – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Indiana?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Indiana.

Iowa – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Iowa?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Iowa.

Kansas – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Kansas?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Kansas.

Kentucky – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Kentucky?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Kentucky.

Louisiana – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Louisiana?

Medical marijuana is slated to become legal under SB 271, passed in 2017 but still not in effect. There is no patient registry/ID card system, but dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Maine – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Maine?

Medical marijuana is legal in Maine under Question 2 (1999), LD 611 (2002), and other legislation. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase, but not from dispensaries.

Maryland – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Maryland?

Medical marijuana is legal in Maryland under HB 702 (2003), SB 308 (2011), and other legislation. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Massachusetts – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Massachusetts?

Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts under Question 3, passed in 2012. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Michigan – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Michigan?

Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008 with Proposal 1. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase at dispensaries.

Minnesota – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Minnesota?

Minnesota legalized medical marijuana in 2014 with SF 2471, Chapter 311. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal for liquid extract products only. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase at dispensaries.

Mississippi – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Mississippi?

Mississippi has recently made medical marijuana illegal, reversing its previous status.

Missouri – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Missouri?

Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri under Amendment 2 (2018). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase.

Montana – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Montana?

Medical marijuana is legal in Montana under Initiative 148 (2004), SB 423 (2011), and Initiative 182 (2016). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Nebraska – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Nebraska?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Nebraska.

Nevada – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Nevada?

Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada under Question 9 (2000). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase if the state they come from is “substantially similar” in terms of medical marijuana programs.

New Hampshire – Is Medical Marijuana legal in New Hampshire?

Medical marijuana is legal in New Hampshire under HB 573 (2013) and HB 89 (2021). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase from non-dispensary sources if they carry a note from their home state.

New Jersey – Is Medical Marijuana legal in New Jersey?

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey under SB 119 (2009). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

New Mexico – Is Medical Marijuana legal in New Mexico?

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey under SB 523 (2007). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

New York – Is Medical Marijuana legal in New York?

Medical marijuana is legal in New York under A6357 (2014). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

North Carolina – Is Medical Marijuana legal in North Carolina?

Medical marijuana is illegal in North Carolina.

North Dakota – Is Medical Marijuana legal in North Dakota?

Medical marijuana is legal in North Dakota under Measure 5 (2016). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

Ohio – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Ohio?

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio under HB 523 (2016). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase if the Board of Pharmacy approves.

Oklahoma – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Oklahoma?

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio under SQ 788 (2018). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase after applying as a temporary patient.

Oregon – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Oregon?

Medical marijuana is legal in Oregon under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (1998) and SB 161 (2007). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase from dispensaries.

Pennsylvania – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Pennsylvania?

Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania under SB 3 (2016). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase from dispensaries.

Rhode Island – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Rhode Island?

Medical marijuana is legal in Rhode Island under S 710 B (2006), SB 791 (2007), and SB 185 (2009). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase from dispensaries.

South Carolina – Is Medical Marijuana legal in South Carolina?

Medical marijuana is illegal in South Carolina.

South Dakota – Is Medical Marijuana legal in South Dakota?

South Dakota has recently made medical marijuana illegal, reversing its previous status.

Tennessee – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Tennessee?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Tennessee.

Texas – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Texas?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Texas.

Utah – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Utah?

Medical marijuana is legal in Utah under Prop 2 (2018). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase from dispensaries.

Vermont – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Vermont?

Medical marijuana is legal in Vermont under SB 76 (2004), SB 7 (2007), and other legislation. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase from dispensaries.

Virginia – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Virginia?

Medical marijuana is legal in Virginia under H 1460 (2020), S 646 (2020), and other legislation. There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase if the Board of Pharmacy approves.

Washington – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Washington?

Medical marijuana is legal in Washington under Initiative 692(1998), SB 5798 (2010), and SB 5073 (2011). There is a voluntary patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal. Out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase.

West Virginia – Is Medical Marijuana legal in West Virginia?

Medical marijuana is legal in West Virginia under SB 386 (2017). There is a patient registry/ID card system, and dispensaries are legal — but only for non-whole flower/non-smokable products. Out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase.

Wisconsin – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Wisconsin?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin.

Wyoming – Is Medical Marijuana legal in Wyoming?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Wyoming.

Medical Marijuana Legalization Summary

Medical marijuana is legal in most states. It is flat-out illegal in Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In Louisiana, the law legalizing medical marijuana has been passed but has still not taken effect. Dispensaries are legal in all states where medical marijuana is legal, though laws vary on whether out-of-state patients are allowed to purchase. Out-of-state patients can purchase medical marijuana under certain conditions in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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