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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.


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.

In December 2017, the Los Angeles City Council voted to legalize the buying and selling of marijuana for recreational use. San Jose and San Francisco also voted to legalize recreational marijuana beginning in 2018.

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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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