How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card: State By State Guide [2019 Update!]


 

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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, 33 states plus Washington D.C. allow medical marijuana consumption, with that number only expected to increase in the coming years.

| 33 (and counting) U.S. states offer legal medical marijuana programs, but each one has their own unique application system.

Every territory in the U.S. has a different requirement for getting your Medical Marijuana Card, but thankfully we’ve generated this complete state-by-state breakdown to get you going in exactly the right direction.

Remember that no matter what state you apply for medical cannabis in, 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). And typically, there are associated fees (both with the state and your recommending physician’s office), so keep that in mind as well before you begin the application process.

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Even though each individual state has their own unique application process, it’s worth pointing out that there are similarities (or ‘universalities’ you might say) common to all U.S. states with a legal medical marijuana program.

For instance, most all states offer some sort of a reduced application fee if you qualify for SNAP, and all states with a valid MMJ program require you to show some sort of acceptable documentation that proves you are, in fact, a resident of that state.

That said, there are many important differences from state to state in terms of what is and is not allowed under the MMJ program, so it’s crucial to know and understand the specific laws and requirements in your area.

| While every state’s MMJ program is slightly different, the majority mandate the same general requirements in terms of the application process.

Some states allow you to grow your own cannabis after you’ve been approved for medical marijuana, for instance, while others have a stringent ‘No Cultivation’ policy. Furthermore, some states allow for the MMJ recommendation to be made by a Physician’s Assistant (P.A.) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), so be advised that you may have options when it comes time to apply for your MMJ card – no matter the state you live in.

Let’s take a look at some nationwide requirements that are common to all U.S. states that have an up-and-running medical cannabis program:

Application Process

No matter what state you are in when attempting to get your medical marijuana certification, the general application process is usually the same:

  • 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 other legal I.D. Card).
  • You must find a certified doctor (or depending on the state, PA or ARNP recommendations may be acceptable as well) that can evaluate you to determine whether or not you possess one of the qualifying health conditions to receive an MMJ license. (Be advised that not all doctors have to participate in the Medical Cannabis Registry, so the internet is your friend if yours does not).
  • Submit your documents to the state you are residing in, and fill-out any application forms they may require (you can always find these on the state’s official MMJ program website). Your physician’s office will typically assist you with this process as part of the all-inclusive consultation fee.
  • 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). Also, remember that waivers or reductions in application fee costs may be available to SNAP participants or participants in other government assistance programs.
  • Find a state-approved dispensary where you can legally buy medical cannabis products, or if allowed to grow your own, find a private residence or caregiver that can help you cultivate.

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*Be advised that the “cost” listed below for all states is the application cost only; additional fees will likely apply from the healthcare provider’s office that issues you your recommendation.

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

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

3. Arkansas

Cost | $50 (has to be paid with the initial application, as well as each yearly renewal)

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.

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.

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5. Colorado

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Cost | $25; 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

*Florida does not currently allow smokeable cannabis, so if you hold a medical card you can only purchase or possess oils and concentrates.

Cost | $75 (must be paid annually with each renewal)


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

Allowed Possession | Determined by the overseeing physician (they will issue you a monthly milligram “allotment”).

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

9. Hawaii

Cost | Hawaii MMJ cards are available for just $38.50.


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 | You may choose to obtain your MMJ card for a period of one, two, or three years, with $100, $200, or $250 application fees, respectively. (Fees are $50, $100, or $125 for those who qualify for fee-reduction).

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. Louisiana

Cost | To be determined

Medical Conditions | Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Cachexia, Seizure disorders/epilepsy, Spasticity, Crohn’s disease, Muscular dystrophy, Multiple sclerosis, Glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, Severe muscle spasms, Intractable pain, Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), Certain conditions associated with autism spectrum disorder

Allowed Possession | To be determined

12. 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 | Cannabis is legal in Maine for adult patients over the age of 21, though recreational dispensaries are not available.

13. Maryland

Cost | No application fee, but an optional Maryland medical marijuana ID card costs $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 (as determined by your recommending healthcare provider)

14. Massachusetts

Cost | Registration is $50 per patient and replacement cards cost $10.

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

Allowed Possession | MA allows a 60-day supply (for personal use), as determined by the recommending healthcare provider

Recreational | Marijuana is legal in MA for adult patients over the age of 21

15. Michigan

Cost | It costs $60 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.

Recreational | As of 2019, marijuana is legal in Michigan for adult users (though specific guidelines and limitations still exist)

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

16. Minnesota

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

Cost | $200 annually (reduced to $50 for qualifying applicants)


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

17. Missouri

Cost | $25 (applications will become available starting July 4, 2019)

Medical Conditions | Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Intractable migraines, Chronic pain, Persistent muscle spasms, Multiple sclerosis, Seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Debilitating psychiatric disorders (including but not limited to PTSD), HIV/AIDS, A medical condition typically treated with prescription drugs that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, Any terminal illness, Any other debilitating medical condition (such as Hepatitis C / ALS / Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Crohn’s disease / Huntington’s disease / Autism / Neuropathy / Sickle cell anemia / Alzheimer’s disease / Cachexia / Wasting syndrome)

Allowed Possession | To be determined, but home cultivation will be allowed.

18. Montana

Cost | It costs $30 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).

19. Nevada

Cost | It costs $50 per year to maintain 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

20. New Hampshire

Cost | $50 application fee

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).

21. New Jersey

Cost | A medical card in New Jersey costs $100, reduced to $20 in certain circumstances.

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.

22. New Mexico

Cost | No patient registry fee; you just need to pay doctor’s fees (typically $100-$250).

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

23. New York

Cost | It costs $50 to apply for 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

24. North Dakota

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

Cost | $50

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.

25. Ohio

Cost | $50 for the initial application fee as well as any annual renewals

Medical Conditions | HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy or another seizure disorder, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Inflammatory bowel disease, Multiple sclerosis, Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, Sickle cell anemia, Spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, Traumatic brain injury, Ulcerative colitis

Allowed Possession | No more than a 90-day supply

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

26. Oklahoma

Cost | $100 (Reduced-fee applications are $20, and are available for those who qualify for Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare).


Medical Conditions |  There are no specific qualifying conditions in OK (recommendations are left up to the discretion of the healthcare provider).

Allowed Possession | No more than 3 oz on your person, and 8 oz at your residence (1 oz of concentrate, and 72 oz of edible cannabis). Home cultivation is allowed.

27. 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 $60. If you are receiving SSI benefits or are a military veteran, 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 weed state. If you are over the age of 21, you can purchase marijuana legally even if you do not meet specific state medical conditions.

28. Pennsylvania

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Cost | $50 (fee reductions or waivers may be available to those who participate in Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC).

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.

29. Rhode Island

Cost | $50 for a medical marijuana card; if you are receiving certain benefits the fee is only $25.


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.

30. Utah

Cost | To be determined

Medical Conditions | Specific qualifying conditions have yet to be determined.

Allowed Possession | To be determined (the UT MMJ program is NOT YET OPERATIONAL)

31. 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).

Recreational | As of 2019, marijuana is legal in Vermont for adult users (though specific guidelines and limitations still exist)

32. Washington

*Medical marijuana is hardly a thing anymore in Washington, as 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 $100-$250).

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.

33. West Virginia

Cost | The cost is $50.


Medical Conditions | Patients must be diagnosed with a “serious medical condition,” as determined by a physician. These conditions include: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Nervous Tissue Damage, Epilepsy/Intractable seizures, Neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, Sickle cell anemia, Severe chronic or intractable pain, Terminal illness

Allowed Possession | n/a

34. 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.

State-by-State Medical Marijuana Guide: Final Thoughts

If you don’t happen to see your state or medical condition listed, always check online with the state’s official medical marijuana program website, as legal updates are continuous and ongoing. We strive to maintain the most current, up-to-date information, but it’s still worth double-checking if you are in doubt.

In other words, stay tuned to changing laws throughout 2019 and beyond. With an increasing number of states accepting the fact that cannabis can offer a massive economic boost, we are expecting others – if not the entirety of the United States – to get on board with legalizing cannabis.

| Who knows… you might not even have to get a medical card online by 2020, as cannabis may be legal nationwide.

We hope that this guide has cleared up some of the confusing state-by-state laws and regulations that exist, and that your medical marijuana card application process runs smooth and peaceful. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us through our Facebook Page.

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