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

Cost:

$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).

Recreational:

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

Cost:

$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.

Cost:

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)

Cost:

$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.

Recreational:

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

Cost:

$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.

Recreational:

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

Cost:

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

Cost:

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.

Cost:
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

Cost:
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

Cost:

$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

Cost:

NO COST!

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.

Recreational:

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

Cost:

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

Cost:

$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.

Recreational:
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

Cost:

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.

Cost:

$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

Cost:
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

Cost:

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.

Recreational:

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

Cost:

$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

Cost:

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

Cost:

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

Cost:
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.

Cost:

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.

Cost:

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

Cost:

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).

Recreational:

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.

Cost:

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

Cost:

$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

Cost:

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.

Cost:

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.

Recreational:

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.

Cost:

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.

Recreational:

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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49 comments
  1. Stacey Cummings
    I am on intense probation and am not allowed to consume thc in any form without recommendation.....i have documentation as proof of my bi-polar manic depression , pdd, anxiety issues as well as chronic pain complaints with my regular doctor.....my neurologist retired and I have no help to get this....I live in North Carolina....can anyone help?

    Please help

  2. Jennifer Lattimore
    It helps my nerves in my back and neck and leg

    It helps my nerves in my neck and leg pain and backI have a lot of nerves pain in my neck and shoulder I had back surgery and they too the bone out of my right leg and put it in my back had neck surgery to

  3. Therese Harpe
    Not in Georgia

    I’m in Georgia. No help for me. I have degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis throughout my body. I’m only 63 had my first back surgery in 2004. I now have 4 disks in my neck fused and 2 in my lower back. I’m looking at another back surgery in May. I’m so tired of being on norco to somewhat control my pain.

  4. Shawn miller
    Legalize for epilepsy

    Texas is not on the list , what about this state?

  5. Tammy Jo
    Idaho's shaped like a bong & will throw you in jail if you have one.

    Of course Idaho isn’t on the list. Every state around us is legal but not the state shaped like a bong!!

  6. 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

  7. HB
    No help for people in NC

    Spinal cord Compression… NC is a no too .

  8. 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

  9. 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 !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Angie
    Indiana

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

  11. Tawny luck

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

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