How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card By State

The Complete Breakdown
MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 22, 2017


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Although marijuana and cannabis remain illegal on a federal level, that hasn’t stopped states from continuing their efforts to increase herb tolerance around America. Currently, 28 states plus Washington D.C. allow medical marijuana consumption, with that number only expected to increase during future elections. Every territory in the U.S. has a different requirement for getting your Medical Marijuana Card, but thankfully we’ve generated this nifty little state-by-state breakdown to get you going in exactly the right direction.

Remember that no matter what state you apply for, you must be able to show proof that you are a resident of that location (holder of an official Driver’s License or I.D. Card).

Here’s How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card: The Complete State-By-State Breakdown:

Application Process:

No matter what state you are in when attempting to get your medical marijuana certification, the general application process is always the same; it is just the requirements that vary:

  • Remember that no matter what state you apply for, you must be able to show proof that you are a resident of that state (holder of an official Driver’s License or I.D. Card).
  • You must find a certified doctor that can evaluate you to determine whether or not you possess one of the qualifying health conditions (not all doctors are willing to do this, so the Internet is your friend when searching for qualified physicians in your area).
  • Submit your documents to the state you are residing in and fill-out any application forms they may require (you can usually find these on their website). Your physician’s office will typically assist you with this process and you may not even need to handle this portion yourself. Be sure to provide all additional required documents as well.
  • Pay the fee for receiving your medical cannabis card if one is required and any other fees that might be necessary (the categories below will tell you the required fees state-by-state).
  • Find a dispensary, caregiver or space to grow your own (within the limit) once you have received your recommendation.

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1. Alaska


$25; with a $20 renewal fee.

Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Nausea, Pain, Muscle spasms, Cachexia (wasting syndrome) and Multiple Sclerosis.

Allowed Possession:

1 oz. of usable marijuana and 6 plants (3 immature, 3 mature).


Alaska provides recreational marijuana at certified shops to individuals over the age of 21, in case you do not qualify to be an MMP.

2. Arizona


$150; $75 for SNAP members

Medical Conditions:

HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Pain, Nausea, Seizures, PTSD, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms.

Allowed Possession:

2.5 oz. of usable marijuana and 12 plants.

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Arizona

3. Arkansas

Licenses for dispensaries in Arkansas will not be accepted until June 1, 2017, therefore there will not be any place to legally purchase marijuana until then.


Information about costs are still not available to the public.

Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Hepatitis C, Tourette Syndrome, PTS, Severe Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Any chronic or debilitating diseases that cause: Peripheral Neuropathy, Severe Nausea, Seizures, Persistent/Severe Muscle Spasms, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Intractable Pain.

Allowed Possession:

3 oz. of usable cannabis allowed for each 14-day period.

4. California

One interesting fact about medical marijuana in California that many other states do not share, is this Golden State’s incredible cannabis delivery scene. In California, it is currently legal to use online dispensaries to purchase your reefer and in some cases it is even delivered to your doorstep within an hour. Get all your favorite green from the comfort of your very own home!

Related Articles: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)


$35-66 depending on county (prices vary in each one).

Medical Conditions:

Epilepsy, Anorexia, Chronic Pain, Cancer, AIDS, Muscle Spasms (also those associated with Multiple Sclerosis), Arthritis, Glaucoma, Severe Nausea, Cachexia, Migraines, Seizures.

Allowed Possession:

8 oz. of usable cannabis plus 12 immature plants or 6 mature plants.


California unanimously voted to make cannabis recreational in the 2016 election, so by 2018, legal weed shops should be popping up all over for individuals who are over the age of 21.

5. Colorado


$35; if you are below the federal poverty line, your cost may be waived.
Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, Cancer, Severe Pain or Nausea, HIV/AIDS, Seizures, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Persistent Muscle Spasms.

Allowed Possession:
2 oz. of usable marijuana plus 3 immature and 3 mature plants.


If you don’t qualify as an MMP in Colorado, don’t fret! If you are over the age of 21, there are recreational cannabis shops available in CO to provide you with your ganja.

6. Connecticut


Connecticut medical marijuana cards cost $100.

Medical Conditions:

PTSD, Wasting Syndrome, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Cachexia, Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue Damage, Sickle Cell Disease, Severe Psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis.

Allowed Possession:

2.5 oz. of usable cannabis.

7. Delaware


Medical marijuana cards in Delaware cost $125.

Medical Conditions:
Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, PTSD, Cachexia, Muscle Spasms, Seizures, Intractable Nausea, Multiple Sclerosis.

Allowed Possession:
6 oz. of usable marijuana.

8. Florida

Legislators in Florida currently have a few months to create a plan and begin issuing medical marijuana cards to qualifying patients. Since the law only passed during the 2016 election, patients will have to sit tight while the rules and regulations are being developed.

Accurate cost information is not yet available for Florida.

Medical Conditions:
PTSD, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Allowed Possession:
The amount is soon to be determined.

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Florida

9. Hawaii

The low, low price of just $25.

Medical Conditions:
Muscle Spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Nausea, Seizures, Pain, Cachexia (wasting syndrome).

Allowed Possession:
4 oz. of usable cannabis and 7 plants.

10. Illinois


$300 (Card is valid for 3 years and won’t need to be renewed annually).

Medical Conditions:

TBI, AIDS, ALS, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Causalgia, Crohn’s Disease, CRPS (Type I), Lou Gehrig’s Disease, PTSD, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Dystonia, Fibrous Dysplasia, Severe Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, HIV, Glaucoma, Parkinson’s Disease, Myoclonus, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Seizures, RA, Spinal Cord Injury, Tourette Syndrome, Tarlov Cysts, SCA.

Allowed Possession:
2.5 oz. of usable marijuana (during a 14-day period).

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Illinois

11. Maine



Medical Conditions:

Chronic Pain (that has not subsided with typical therapies for 6 months or more), ALS, PTSD, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), HIV, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, IBS, Seizures, Severe Nausea, Severe Muscle Spasms, Glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, active forms of Hepatitis C.

Allowed Possession:

2.5 oz. of usable marijuana plus 6 plants.


As of the election in 2016, residents of Maine voted to make cannabis recreational, so if you are over 21 years old, expect legal pot shops to beginning appearing by 2018.

12. Maryland


Maryland medical marijuana cards cost just $50.

Medical Conditions:
HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Hepatitis C, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Pain, Seizures (including those because of Epilepsy), Severe Muscle Spasms.

Allowed Possession:
A 30-day supply is allowed; the exact amount has yet to be determined.

13. Massachusetts


$150-$245 depending upon which services you decide to go with.

Medical Conditions:
AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis C, Parkinson’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, ALS.

Allowed Possession:
Mass. allows a 60-day supply (for personal use). The amount was determined at 10 oz.

Mass. made recreational marijuana legal in the 2016 election. By 2018, legal weed shops are expected to appear for individuals over the age of 21.

14. Michigan


It costs $100 to obtain a medical marijuana card in Michigan.

Medical Conditions:

HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Severe Nausea, Seizures, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Nail-Patella Syndrome, Severe and Chronic Pain, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Muscle Spasms, Alzheimer’s Disease.

Allowed Possession:
2.5 oz. of usable marijuana and 12 plants.

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Michigan

15. Minnesota

Believe it or not, Minnesota actually does not allow smokeable cannabis, so if you hold a medical card you can only purchase or possess oils, edibles, and concentrates.


$250-$350, depending on Doctor’s fees.

Medical Conditions:
Cancer, Cachexia, Intractable Pain, HIV/AIDS, Seizures, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Tourette Syndrome, Terminal Illnesses, Severe Muscle Spasms, Glaucoma.

Allowed Possession:
Only a 30-day supply of non-smokeable marijuana is allowed.

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Minnesota

16. Montana

It costs $75 to get your medical marijuana card in Montana.

Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Severe Central Nervous System Disorders, Crohn’s Disease, Painful Peripheral Neuropathy, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Severe Nausea/Vomiting, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy/Seizures.

Allowed Possession:

1 oz. of usable cannabis and 4 mature plants (plus 12 seedlings).

17. Nevada


It costs $150 to obtain your medical cannabis card in Nevada.

Medical Conditions:

Severe Pain and Nausea, Cancer, Glaucoma, AIDS, Muscle Spasms (Multiple Sclerosis), Seizures (Epilepsy), Cachexia (wasting syndrome). 
Allowed Possession:
2.5 oz. of usable marijuana and 12 plants.


Residents of Nevada voted to make cannabis recreational during the 2016 election, with shops to appear in 2018 for those 21 or older.

For more information read our complete guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Nevada

18. New Hampshire


$50 application fee, plus $50-$150 Doctor’s fees.

Medical Conditions:

Severe Pain, Severe Nausea and Vomiting, Severe Muscle Spasms, Chronic or Terminal Illnesses, Seizures, Cachexia (wasting syndrome).

Allowed Possession:

2 oz. of usable marijuana (for a 10-day period).

19. New Jersey


A medical card in New Jersey costs $200, but is valid for 2 years.

Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Seizures (Epilepsy), Terminal Illness (with less than 12 months of life), Muscular Dystrophy, Terminal Cancer, Cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Allowed Possession:

2 oz. of usable cannabis.


20. New Mexico


No patient registry fee; you just need to pay doctor’s fees (typically $50-$150).

Medical Conditions:

Glaucoma, Cancer, Hospice Patients, Severe Anorexia, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), PTSD, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Severe Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea/Vomiting, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis C, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease.

Allowed Possession:

6 oz. of usable marijuana, plus 16 plants (12 immature and 4 mature).

For more information read the complete guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New Mexico

21. New York

It costs $50 to get your card in New York state.

Medical Conditions:
Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), MS, Spinal Cord Damage, Parkinson’s Disease, Neuropathies, IBS, Huntington’s Disease.

Allowed Possession:
Only a 30-day supply of non-smokeable cannabis is allowed in New York state.

Read the Complete Guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New York

22. North Dakota

Medical cannabis in North Dakota just became legalized during the 2016 election, therefore many regulations are not yet set into place.


The cost for a medical cannabis card has not yet been determined for North Dakota.

Medical Conditions:

Chronic Back Pain, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Spinal Stenosis, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS, Hepatitis C, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic and Debilitating Diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Severe Muscle Spasms, Seizures.

Allowed Possession:

3 oz. of cannabis per a 14-day period.

23. Ohio

Ohio just made medical marijuana use legal during the 2016 election, so the state is still deciding on many parts of the future regulations.


Not yet determined by the state of Ohio.

Medical Conditions:

The medical conditions for Ohio have not yet been determined.

Allowed Possession:

No more than a 90-day supply. Due to brand new medical legalization, the amount has not yet been determined.

For more detailed information read our: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio

24. Oregon


It costs $200 to get your card in Oregon. If you are receiving SNAP benefits, the state waives the fee down to only $100. If you are receiving SSI benefits, the fee is lowered down to just $20.

Medical Conditions:

HIV/AIDS, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Cancer, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Severe Pain and Nausea, MS, Seizures, Muscle Spasms.
Allowed Possession:
24 oz. of usable cannabis, plus 24 plants (18 immature, 6 mature).


Back in 2015, Oregon became a recreational reefer state. If you are over the age of 21, you can purchase marijuana legally even if you do not meet specific state medical conditions.

25. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania just legalized medical cannabis during the 2016 election. Its laws are still being figured out.


The cost for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card has not yet been determined.

Medical Conditions:

Seizures, Sickle Cell Anemia, Autism, Terminal Illness, IBS, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, ALS, Neuropathies, PTSD, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS.

Allowed Possession:

Just a 30-day supply is allowed.

26. Rhode Island


$75 for a medical marijuana card; if you are receiving SSI the fee is only $10.

Medical Conditions:

HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Cancer, Glaucoma, Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), MS, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Severe Muscle Spasms, Seizures (Epilepsy).

Allowed Possession:

2.5 oz. of usable cannabis and 12 plants.

27. Vermont


The cost is just $50 in Vermont.

Medical Conditions:

MS, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Nausea, Seizures, Severe Pain.

Allowed Possession:

2 oz. of usable marijuana, plus 9 plants (7 immature and 2 mature).

28. Washington

Medical marijuana is hardly a thing anymore in Washington, because it has been absorbed by the recreational weed market. Many medical only dispensaries have shut down or become recreational sellers instead.


No state registration fee; you just have to pay doctor’s fees (typically between $50-$150).

Medical Conditions:

MS, Epilepsy, Seizures, Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Anorexia, Intractable Pain, Crohn’s Disease, Spasticity Disorders.
Allowed Possession:
8 oz. of usable marijuana and 6 plants.


Due to the passing of recreational cannabis laws in Washington state, if you are over the age of 21 then you can purchase recreational cannabis from certified weed shops and not just settle with receiving medical marijuana with a certification.

29. Washington D.C.


The cost is $100.

Medical Conditions:

MS, Muscle Spasms, Glaucoma, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Decompensated Cirrhosis, Seizures, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, Cachexia (wasting syndrome), any other conditions determined as debilitated by a physician.

Allowed Possession:
2 oz. of dried marijuana. Regarding other forms of cannabis, the amount has yet to be determined.


Washington D.C. legalized recreational ganja, which means you can purchase non-medical marijuana legally at certified shops if you are over the age of 21.

Final Thoughts:

If you don’t happen to see your medical condition listed, always check online at official state medical marijuana pages to make sure whether or not your condition is covered. In addition, stay tuned to changing laws throughout 2017. Similar to California, other states are expected to be more lenient towards their rules and regulations.

Know know… By 2020, you might be able to get a medical card online in every state.

We hope this guide has cleared up some of the confusing state-by-state laws and regulations that exist, making your medical marijuana card process run smooth and peaceful.

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  1. Tony A perry
    Can we please do one thing right

    Hopefully Wisconsin will stop living in the 1930s and bring us our natural safer meds for our conditions

  2. HB
    No help for people in NC

    Spinal cord Compression… NC is a no too .

  3. Lawrence Cannone
    There they go again ...

    With all the red tape an excessive fees to obtain a MMC I don’t get why people don’t use there friends and friends of friends to obtain their marjiuana. So much cheaper. Unless of course you don’t have to pay for your prescriptions. I really don’t know. Again. Govt turning a positive into a negative so they can benefit monetarily. Jeez, I sound so anti govt, go figure

  4. Lawrence Cannone
    Innocent suffering gone awry!

    Govts must realize denying meds to pts in need falls under cruel an unusual punishment. Not only this but it increases the demand for black market or back street dealers to provide these meds which in turn increases crime. When will they learn not every decision made is for the benefit of the people.

    1. CindyK
      Medical Worries

      I was just told by my pain management doctor on 10-01-18 that the government is going to cut the national drug level down again.
      All that is going to do is cause people that are in an unmanageable pain NOW, to never
      get the CORRECT meds.
      I bet they DO !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Angie

    Indiana is not on the list either, so I guess I have to suffer with my fibromyalgia pain and other conditions!!!

  6. Tawny luck

    Iowa just passed medical marijuana law. I believe. How do I get a card

  7. Melissa

    I saw Tennessee, but not Kentucky.
    Please let me know when or even if they will allow this law the change with the Medical marijuana card.

    1. Amy Phelps

      Tennessee is not on the list, unfortunately.

      1. Crystal Bramblett

        I thought Ga had been added but not on here

        1. Dee Jones

          The law has been passed in Georgia but there is no place to buy it.

  8. patty

    how about a card in utah?

  9. Nelda

    Can you plz let me know when Texas is able to get the mmc. I suffer from chronic migraines. Live in the south. So hot all the time..I don’t have med insurance. And Everytime I go to the ER. It’s bills, bills, bills..and I HATE to be getting codeine, imitrex, and morphine.. and Fioricet with codeine is so I need it daily…plz is my email..plz notify me..t.i.a

  10. Amy

    I guess Texas is a NO! 😢

    1. Alice Nelson Robinson

      Totally no in texas so far, ;-(

  11. Samantha

    I live in Tennessee, is there anyway to be able to get a medical card here? I’m terminally ill and my pain meds are really hard to get here cause of all the stupid laws they are passing. I’ve been on meds for a while now but because of the new laws I can’t get my pain meds anymore unless I go to a different state. I’m just trying to find help so I can live a little better until it’s my time. It’s becoming so helpless though, what is this world coming to when you have real health problems and the doctors know you have problems but they so called can’t really help. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Adam

      Tennessee is a tough state. We will try to give you all the info and assistance we can

  12. Nicole Loomis

    How do I obtain a card in Oklahoma since it passed this year. Thx

  13. Jeanie Julian

    So Oklahoma passed#788 I didn’t see a answer to the question..When will Oklahoma’s be able to get a card???

  14. Darius Ford

    I’m living in Oklahoma and they just passed the #788 law yesterday. How will I be able to get a card here in Oklahoma?

  15. SteadyDancing

    Add Oklahoma!!

  16. Rosa Quill

    Living in Nevada, got my card a few days back.

  17. Phillip Knight

    So I cant get one if I live in Louisiana?

    1. Adam

      Lousiana is a tough state

  18. Greg

    In Rhode Island there are only 2 places you can go to get a doctors approval for medical marijuana. Rhode Island Medical Marijuana | B & B Consulting charges you $150 for the first visit and then $50 for every 6 month mandatory visit after that. Medical Cannabis Consultants charges $250 for the initial visit but that price also includes your next 6 month mandatory visit. After the first year it then costs you $75 for every visit. It will then cost you another $100 for the Health and Human Services application fee from the State of Rhode Island medical marijuana licence itself. Rhode Island residents are also able to use Massachusetts facilities to obtain a doctors recommendation prices are very similar to Rhode Islands.

  19. Paula Bishop

    Got it for Michigan, quite simple process

  20. Thelma Hopson

    Getting marijuana card through this procedure was very convenient for me.

  21. Joshua Garrett

    I don’t think VA will ever get on board. I have Bi-polar w/ mania. Some days are really hard just to motivate myself to get up. Alot if people don’t recognize that being Bi-polar is a constant daily struggle. And the meds they do give you will kill you. Really hope it gets legal soon.

  22. D. Walker

    i dont see West Virginia in this list!… when will this info be available and when and where can someone in WV get there MMJ card?

  23. Debbie Lewis

    Missouri is a very out dated and slow state. I constantly deal with non-stop pain every day. I have arthrisis in both knees and in my neck. And have constant back pain. It’s time for all the closed minded communites get with the program.

    1. Dawn Monzu

      I agree with Debbie Lewis! I live in “tight ass” Nebraska! We will be the very last state to even get medical voted in! Ugh!

      1. Brandy

        Try having Glaucoma while living in Alabama. Smh, I won’t even hold my breath. Now WE’LL be the last state to legalize it… if it ever happens.

  24. Kyle Farrar

    I live in maine how do i get a free medical marijuana card

    1. Kelly Berry

      I live in Maine and in order to get a medical card you have to pay a doctor 175-200 so they can diagnose you. So it’s not really free.

  25. Jennifer Hall

    It’s really easy to get the card by the process mentioned here. I got one in California. Thank you, writer, for giving this information so beautifully

  26. Saul Golan

    I am diagnosed with prostate cancer

  27. Britany

    Come on Kansas! Sure would be nice to eliminate these poison drugs that my psychiatrist has me on and replace them with something natural. I suffer bipolar w manic episodes and severe anxiety w agorphobia. If I could go down the street and purchase medical marijuana I could stop poisoning my body.

  28. Daniel W Lewis

    Still no Kentucky. 😟

  29. David Fulton

    I’ve been smoking for over forty years. I have arthritis, syatica, hypertension,heel spurs,frequent headaches and suffer from anxiety and depression. I do live in a state where weed is currently illegal but I intend to continue smoking. It would be nice not to have to worry about getting fined,going to jail,and becoming a felon for doing something that is beneficial to my health and legal only in certain states. It’s time for the stigma to be detached and legalize it on a federal level.

    1. Adam

      Well put David.

      1. Mark

        Sort of sounds like all the President Clinton’s old friends I puffed but I didn’t inhale

  30. Antonio colon

    Wish I could have one but it’s doesn’t have it yet in my state and no doctors in my surrounding area will sign for it ,I have muscle spasms, asthma, copd,,broken back,dieabic type 2,sleep disorder, I don’t know how to copt with the pain that much ,wish the cure was in my neighborhood

    1. Dee

      I am in the same boat with you and most of the same problems. I need one if you find out how and where you get one please let me know. Thanks in advance

  31. Jon Waggoner

    I need one

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