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All U.S. States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

Medical marijuana is a miracle for many who have suffered through living with a chronic illness. Health care professionals have found that marijuana is helpful in treating the pain and side effects from illnesses like cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, nausea, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cachexia, and migraines. There are also other conditions that are often positively treated with medical marijuana, such as insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD.


While less than half the states in the USA have legalized medical marijuana, the legislation has been slowly growing throughout the country beginning in 1996 when California first passed the Compassionate Use Act. The most recent states to allow medical cannabis use are New Hampshire and Illinois. The conditions of the medical marijuana laws differ from state to state. Some states require medical ID cards or listing your name on a registry. Other states require that a doctor provide the medical marijuana.


If you’ve been wondering, “Has my state legalized medical marijuana?” this list features all the states that have taken the steps towards revolutionizing medical care.

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    In 1998, the medical marijuana ballot passed in Alaska with 58% of the vote. As long as the seller has a license and the buyer has a certificate from a doctor, marijuana is a legal treatment for a myriad of ailments. 

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    In Arizona, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act legalized the use of cannabis for treatment of debilitating medical conditions. The act allows for 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks, with a certificate from a doctor. The law also states that marijuana cannot be used in child care or educational facilities. 

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    California has had the Compassionate Use Act on the books since 1996, allowing for marijuana use in medical situations. In 2003, a new bill was passe to ensure that those buying medical cannabis have a Statewide Medical Cannabis ID Card.

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    Since 2000, Colorado has allowed for the use of medical marijuana. However, buyers may only have 2 ounces or less at a time or six plants. Also, consumption of marijuana in public or within public view is outlawed.

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    Connecticut became the 17th state to allow medical marijuana in 2012.

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    In 2011, medical marijuana became legal in Delaware. People may possess up to 6 ounces at a time. 

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    Medical cannabis became legal in Hawaii in 2000 with Senate Bill 862.

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    Since 2014, citizens of Illinois have been able to purchase 2.5 ounces or less of medical marijuana. However, the doctors that prescribes the cannabis treatment must have a previous relationship with the patient.

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    The medical marijuana laws in Maine have changed multiple times. In 1999, a little over 1 ounce of marijuana was allowed for doctors and their patients. In 2002, the amount of cannabis allowed doubled. In 2009, Maine voted in a law that required a registry of all medical marijuana users.

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    Although medical marijuana in Maryland isn't technically legal, if a person is being persecuted for the possession of marijuana, the law is required to consider the medical necesity and then only offer a small fine.

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    In 2012, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative was passed with 63% of the vote. 

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    The Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative was voted into law in 2008. There is a registry of all legal users and a medical marijuana ID card.

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    In 2004, Initiative 148 eliminated all criminal punishment of the use of medical marijuana in Montana. Up to six marijuana plants are legal to own.

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    New Hampshire became the 19th state to allow medical marijuana in 2013.

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    Since 2000, Nevada citizens have been able to possess 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to 7 cannabis plants.

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    New Jersey legalized medical marijuana in 2010 for people with chronic illnesses. 

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    Senate Bill 523 made medical marijuana legal in New Mexico in 2007.

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    In 1998, The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program was voted into law. 

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    Medical marijuana was legalized in Rhode Island in early 2006. Qualifying patients can possess 2.5 ounces and a maximum of 12 cannabis plants.

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    Senate Bill 76, which was passed in 2004, allows for medical marijuana use for qualifying patients and possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis.

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