Medical Marijuana States

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The use of marijuana within the confines of one of the medical marijuana states affords an individual with certain rights and privileges. However, in the United States, it is important to understand that medical marijuana is treated very differently on the federal vs. the state level.

Federal law criminalizes the use of marijuana by way of the 'Controlled Substances Act'. The Act classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug; the same classification as Heroine and LSD.

On the state level, there are 23 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use while all 50 states currently have criminal laws that relate to marijuana, its use, production, transportation and sale. Only 2 states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes.

Click on a state (below) for detailed information on that state's medical marijuana laws or scroll down for a more detailed summary of the medical marijuana states also with links to detailed information on each states MMj laws.

23 U.S. MMj States plus D.C.
   
Minnesota
Delaware New Mexico
Hawaii New York
Illinois Oregon
Maine Rhode Island
Maryland Vermont
Massachusetts Washington
*Click here to navigate to a detailed overview of the U.S. Medical Marijuana States or just scroll down.

 

In 1996, California passed the 'Compassionate Use Act of 1996'. This was the first time a medical marijuana law had ever been passed in the United States. These new California medical marijuana laws were a massive statement by the voters. The tide had finally turned in favor of accepting the use of cannabis for its medical benefits - at least from the perspective of the state and its laws and institutions. A qualified patient in California no longer had to worry about the criminal aspect of the California marijuana laws. The 'golden state' had made a daring move.

The result of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 was the addition of California State Code Section 11362.5 to the California Health & Safety Code.

For the lucky millions who live in California, the law was finally ON THEIR SIDE. Laws were on the books giving patients 'rights' and protecting them from discrimination. Big things were now beginning to happen - and more states would soon follow California's lead.

The next BIG day in the history of US medical marijuana legislation was November 3rd, 1998. For it was on this momentous day that the US states Alaska, Oregon and Washington all passed their own versions of medical marijuana legislation.

Over the short 15 years that have passed by since we heard the collective voice of California voters on the subject of MMj, more than 22 other states have joined in, and passed, MMj legislation, either by will (and vote) of the people or via the votes of the state senate or house.

The result... an ever increasing and doggedly determined group of medical marijuana states that are taking a stand for the rule of law and the will of the people. The right for a 'patient' to finally make their own educated and balanced decisions about their personal medical care.

The future of state medical marijuana legislation is RIGHT NOW and the person that can make a huge difference by just participating in the process is YOU!!

A link to each medical marijuana state can be found in the table above. Just click on a state and you will be taken to that states medical marijuana page. Additionally, new state law information will always be posted to the MMj Blog every time something new happens or an important change has occurred.

 

20 US Medical Marijuana States plus D.C.- Overview

State
Year Passed
How The Law Passed
Fees
Possession Limits
Reciprocity
Alaska
1998
Ballot Measure 8 (58%)
$25/$20
1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
None
Arizona
2010
Proposition 203 (50.13%)
$150/$75
2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
Yes
California
1996
Proposition 215 (56%)
$66/$33
8 oz usable; 18 plants (6 mature, 12 immature)
None
Colorado
2000
Ballot Amendment 20 (54%)
$90
2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
None
Connecticut
2012
House Bill 5389 (96-51 House, 21-13 Senate)
To be Est.
One-month supply (amount to be determined)
No
DC
2010
Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote)
-
2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined
Unknown
Delaware
2011
Senate Bill 17 (27-14 House, 17-4 Senate)
-
6 oz usable
Yes
Hawaii
2000
Senate Bill 862 (32-18) House; (13-12) Senate
$25
3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
None
Illinois
2013
Illinois Senate Bill SB 1381 To be Est. 2.5 oz every 14 days
None
Maine
1999
Ballot Question 2 (61%)
$100/$75
2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
Yes
Maryland
2014
Maryland Senate BillSB 627 To be Est. To be Est.
None
Massachusetts
2012
Ballot Question 3 (63%)
To be Est.
Sixty day supply for personal medical use
Unknown
Michigan
2008
Proposal 1 (63%)
$100/$25
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
Yes
Minnesota
2014
Minnesota Senate Bill SF 1641 (7-6) and House HF 1818 (86-39)
To be Est.
Only pills and other concentrates allowed
None
Montana
2004
Initiative 148 (62%)
$25/$10
1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings
None
Nevada
2000
Ballot Question 9 (65%)
$150+
1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
None
New Hampshire
2013
House Bill 573
To be Est.
Up to 2 ounces every 10 days
Yes
New Jersey
2010
Senate Bill 119 (48-14 House; 25-13 Senate)
$200/$20
2 oz usable
None
New Mexico
2007
Senate Bill 523 (36-31 House; 32-3 Senate)
$0
6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
None
New York
2014
Senate Bill S.4406-A House Bill A.6357-A To be Est. Only pills and other concentrates allowed
None
Oregon
1998
Ballot Measure 67 (55%)
$100/$20
24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
None
Rhode Island
2006
Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 House; 33-1 Senate)
$75/$10
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
Yes
Vermont
2004
Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59)
$50
2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
None
Washington
1998
Initiative 692 (59%)
N/A
24 oz usable; 15 plants
None

 

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