What States Legalized Medical Marijuana in The USA?

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All through the early decades of the twenty-first century, the usage of medical marijuana has been investigated intensively and acknowledged for its efficacy in treating a variety of conditions that are not adequately treated with conventional medications and treatments. Physicians and patients who have discovered that medicinal marijuana is beneficial at alleviating the symptoms of various ailments have prompted some governments to authorize medical marijuana for a recognized condition if recommended by a doctor.

Additionally, marijuana derivatives and synthetic marijuana—which promises to provide the same medicinal advantages without the drug high—are being created and, in certain circumstances, employed as forms of medical marijuana. Marinol is one of these synthetic cannabis products.

States with medical marijuana

One of the most contentious issues in the United States today is whether marijuana should be legalized. While recreational marijuana use continues to grow in popularity, more states accept and legalize marijuana for medicinal uses. Possession and use of marijuana remain unlawful under federal law, and California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996. Since then, 37 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. territory of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands have authorized medicinal marijuana.

State medicinal marijuana laws vary in who qualifies, possession limits, and regulations. Additionally, the states that have approved medicinal marijuana are shown here.

(The following information has been collected from lawinfo.com)

Alaska

Year passed: 1998

Possession limitation: 1 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Chronic pain
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia

Alabama

Year passed: 2021

Possession limitation: 70 daily dosages

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Cachexia, nausea or vomiting, weight loss, or persistent discomfort associated with cancer
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Nausea or weight loss associated with HIV/AIDS
  • Panic disorder
  • Persistent nausea (PTSD)

Arizona

Year passed: 2010

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Glaucoma

Arkansas

Year passed: 2016

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Breast cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS positive status
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s illness

Colorado

Year passed: 2001

Possession limitation: 2 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms

Connecticut

Year passed: 2012

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nerve or spine damage
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

California

Year passed: 1996

Possession limitation: 8 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • AIDS
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea

Delaware

Year passed: 2011

Possession limitation: 6 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Cachexia
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Glaucoma

Florida

Year passed: 2016

Possession limitation: 4 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (M.S.)
  • Terminal illness

Hawaii

Year passed: 2000

Possession limitation: 4 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures

Louisiana

Year passed: 2014

Possession limitation: 0.493835 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Positive status for HIV/AIDS, cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Seizure disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Spasticity
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder

Illinois

Year passed: 2014

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Myoclonus

Maryland

Year passed: 2014

Possession limit: 0.35274 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe muscle spasms

Massachusetts

Year passed: 2013

Possession limitation: 10 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Maine

Year passed: 1999

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail-patella syndrome

Michigan

Year passed: 2008

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms

Montana

Year passed: 2004

Possession limitation: 1 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Severe chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nervous system disorder

Minnesota

Year passed: 2014

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer-associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Chronic pain
  • Sickle cell disease (effective August 2021)
  • Regular motor or vocal tic disorder (effective August 2021)

Missouri

Year passed: 2018

Possession limitation: 4 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • A chronic medical condition that is typically treated with prescription medications that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, based on a physician’s determination
  • A terminal illness
  • Any other physician-approved chronic, debilitating, or other medical condition

New Mexico

Year passed: 2007

Possession limitation: 8 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Anorexia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cachexia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Hospice patients
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Arthritis
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Intractable nausea
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma

New Jersey

Year passed: 2010

Possession limitation: 3 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Spasticity disorders and seizures
  • Cancer
  • IBD
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Terminal illness

New Hampshire

Year passed: 2013

Possession limitation: 2 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Chemotherapy-induced anorexia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe pain
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Cachexia
  • Alzheimer’s

Nevada

Year passed: 2001

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

New York

Year passed: 2014

Possession limitation: 3 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Neuropathies
  • IBD
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS

North Dakota

Year passed: 2016

Possession limitation: 3 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Terminal illness
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Decompensated cirrhosis caused by Hepatitis C
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Migraine neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis or chronic back pain, including neuropathy or damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
  • Intractable nausea
  • Seizures

Oklahoma

Year passed: 2018

Possession limitation: 8 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • The qualifying circumstances for medical marijuana are left to the treating physician’s discretion, based on the same acknowledged criteria that a reasonable and cautious physician would use when prescribing or authorizing any other prescription.

Ohio

Year passed: 2016

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette syndrome

Oregon

Year passed: 1998

Possession limitation: 24 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Seizures
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Other conditions subject to approval

Year passed: 2016

Pennsylvania

Possession limitation: 1 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Intractable seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Autism
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis

Rhode Island

Year passed: 2006

Possession limitation: 2.5 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis C

South Dakota

Year passed: 2020

Possession limitation: 3 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (M.S.)
  • Cancer-associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Utah

Year passed: 2018

Possession limitation: 3.9 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Multiple sclerosis (M.S.)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Persistent nausea
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Autism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Terminal illness
  • Hospice care

Virginia

Year passed: 2020

Possession limitation: 4 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • A doctor recognizes any diagnostic ailment or disease to help the qualified patient.

Vermont

Year passed: 2004

Possession limitation: 2 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Severe pain and nausea
  • Multiple sclerosis

Washington

Year passed: 1998

Possession limitation: 3 oz., 48 oz. Solid infused product, 216 oz. Liquid-infused product, 21 g. concentrates

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hepatitis C
  • Intractable pain
  • Seizures
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Nausea
  • Glaucoma
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Spasticity
  • Terminal or debilitating conditions

Washington D.C.

Year passed: 2010

Possession limitation: 2 oz

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer

West Virginia

Year passed: 2017

Possession limitation: 30-day supply

Conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Intractable seizures
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain
  • Terminal illness

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