Medical Marijuana Legal States and their Qualifying Conditions (2017)

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Medical Marijuana States

While countries such as Poland, Italy, Canada and Australia are on their way to legalizing medical marijuana, the U.S. still seems to be contemplating the move. On a Federal level, rule-makers are adamant about leaving the plant classed as a Schedule 1 drug; but when it comes to individual states, it is an entirely different story.

The difference between state and federal laws are causing such confusion that most people don’t fully understand what legal marijuana states there are, which are officially recreational and which ones are in the process of becoming medical marijuana legal states.

Did you know that while specific states such as Alabama and Mississippi seem as if they are decades away from becoming legal marijuana states, they do maintain laws permitting medical marijuana for specific debilitating conditions? Other states, such as Virginia, enforced laws allowing for the possession of marijuana if individuals received prescriptions from doctors.

The situation is far from cut-&-dry, and as every state enforces its own laws, it is often too confusing to know the exact laws and which conditions qualify in which states.

Last month alone there were approximately 10,000 searches on google for the words “medical marijuana states, ” and one of the top questions asked was; “What states have medical marijuana?”

In this brief article, we are going to try to clear up all the confusion. Here are the qualifying conditions per state.

Medical Marijuana legal States and their Qualifying Conditions

Alabama – The state of Alabama permits CBD-Specific extract oil for debilitating epileptic conditions.

Alaska – Medical Marijuana for Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea and Seizures.

Arizona – The state of Arizona permits medical marijuana use for Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Cachexia/wasting syndrome, Chronic pain, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Nausea, Persistent Muscle Spasms (MS), PTSD, Seizures.

California – Medical Marijuana for Anorexia, Arthritis, Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic Pain, HIV or AIDS, Glaucoma, Migraine, Persistent Muscle Spasms, Severe Nausea, Seizures,
Any debilitating illness where the medical marijuana has been classed as an appropriate form of treatment by a physician.

The state of California recently reclassed itself as a recreational state, but its licensing is not anticipated to begin until early 2018.

Colorado – The state of Colorado permits Medical Marijuana for Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic pain, Chronic nervous system disorders, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Nausea, Persistent Muscle Spasms (MS), Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Seizures.

Connecticut – Medical marijuana for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), , Cerebral Palsy (CP), Cachexia, Complex regional pain syndrome, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury, Intractable spasticity, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Post-surgical back pain with chronic radiculopathy, Post laminectomy syndrome (PLS), PTSD, Severe psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, Sickle cell disease, Terminal Illness where end of life care is needed, Ulcerative colitis, Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder.

Delaware – The state of Delaware is a legal marijuana state and permits Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, Intractable epilepsy, Nausea, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Seizures, Severe and persistent muscle spasms.

District of Columbia – Medical Marijuana for any debilitating condition as recommended by a DC licensed doctor.

Florida – Medical Marijuana for ALS, Cancer, Crohn’s, Chronic nonmalignant pain, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, Seizures, Terminal illness with no more than 12 months to live, Other debilitating medical conditions approved by the state.

Florida is currently implementing a legal medical marijuana state program.

Florida also permits the use of specific CBD strains for Cancer, Muscle spasms, Seizures and terminal illness. Strains must contain 10% or more of CBD and no more than 8/10 of 1% of THC.

Georgia – Medical CBD-Specific Cannabis Oil for AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Hospice care patients, Mitochondrial disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Severe or end stage Peripheral neuropathy, Seizure disorder, Sickle cell disease, Tourette’s syndrome.

Guam – Medical Marijuana for Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal cord injury or other conditions that cause intractable spasticity.

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Hawaii – Medical Marijuana for Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Nausea, Persistent muscle spasms, Post traumatic stress, Rheumatoid arthritis, Seizures.

Illinois – The state of Illinois is on the right track and is currently classed as legal medical marijuana state. Medical Marijuana is permitted for Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Arnold Chiari malformation, Cachexia/wasting syndrome, Cancer. Causalgia, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating, Polyneuropathy, Complex regional pain syndrome type 2, Crohn’s Disease, Dystonia, Fibrous dysplasia, Fibromyalgia Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Hydrocephalus, hydromyelia, Interstitial Cystitis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Myoclonus, Nail patella syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Post-traumatic stress, Parkinson’s disease, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Spinal cord disease, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Syringomyelia, Tarlov cysts, Tourette’s syndrome, Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.

Indiana – The state of Indian permits CBD Cannabis Extract Oil for treatment/resistant epileptic conditions, including Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Iowa – CBD Cannabis Extract oil for AIDS/HIV, ALS, Cancer, chronic pain related to cancer, nausea, or cachexia, Crohn’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Intractable epilepsy, Terminal illness, Untreatable pain.

Kentucky – While there are discussions in the horizon, this state is not classed as a legal marijuana state. CBD Cannabis extract oil is permitted for intractable epilepsy only.

Lousiana – Medical Marijuana for Cachexia/wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Cancer, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Muscular dystrophy, Multiple sclerosis, Seizure disorders/spasticity.

Maine – This medical marijuana state permits the use of medical weeed for Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Chronic pain, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV or AIDS, Huntington’s disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Nausea, Nail-patella syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD.

Massachusetts – Medical Marijuana for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Other conditions as approved by a qualifying patient’s physician.

Michigan – Michigan is another open state that is slowly adopting a more legal marijuana state of mind. Medical Marijuana can be used for Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Cachexia/wasting syndrome, Cancer, Chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Nail patella, Nausea, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Seizures, Severe and persistent muscle spasms.

Minnesota – Medical Marijuana for Amyotrophic Lateral, Sclerosis, Cancer/cachexia, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Intractable pain, Post-traumatic stress disorder (effective August 1, 2017), Seizures, Severe and persistent muscle spasms, Terminal illness, Tourette’s Syndrome

Mississippi – This state only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for intractable epilepsy.

Missouri – This state only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for intractable epilepsy.

Montana – Medical Marijuana for Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Cancer, Chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, Glaucom, HIV/AIDS, Nausea, Seizures, Severe or persistent muscle spasms.

Nevada – The state of Nevada allows Medical Marijuana for AIDS, Cancer, Cachexia, Glaucoma, PTSD, Persistent muscle spasms, Seizures, Severe nausea or pain.

New Hampshire – Medical Marijuana for ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Cachexia, Cancer, Chemotherapy induced anorexia, Chronic Pain (effective 08/16/2017), Chronic pancreatitis,Crohn’s disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (effective 08/27/2017), Elevated intraocular pressure, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Severe vomiting, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy, Nausea, Parkinson’s disease, Persistent muscle spasms, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (effective 08/27/2017), Seizures, Severe pain (that has not responded to previously prescribed medication by your doctor), Spinal cord injury or disease, Traumatic brain injury, Wasting syndrome.

New Jersey – Medical Marijuana for ALS, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, PTSD, Seizure and/or spasticity disorders, Any terminal illness that a patient has 12 months left to live.

New Mexico – Medical marijuana for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Arthritis, Anorexia/cachexia, Cervical dystonia, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Chronic pain, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, Hospice patients, Intractable nausea/vomiting, Painful peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), PTSD, Spinal cord damage.

New York – Medical Marijuana for ALS, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s Disease, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Neuropathies, Spinal cord damage.

North Carolina – This state only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for intractable epilepsy.

North Dakota – Medical Marijuana for Agitation from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Cachexia/Wasting syndrome, Cancer, Chronic or debilitating disease, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Intractable nausea, Multiple sclerosis (MS), PTSD, Seizures, Severe and persistent muscle spasms, Severe debilitating pain, Spinal stenosis.

Ohio – Ohio is on the right track to becoming a marijuana legal state. Medical Marijuana is now allowed for AIDS, ALS, Cancer, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s, Epilepsy or other seizure disorders, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, IBD, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Pain that is either of the following nature:

(i) Chronic and severe; or (ii) Intractable,

Parkinson’s disease (PD), Positive status for HIV, PTSD, Sickle cell anemia, Spinal cord disease/injury, Tourette’s syndrome, Traumatic brain injury and Ulcerative colitis

Oklahoma – This state permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Pediatric Epilepsy.

Oregon – The State of Oregon permits medical marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease, Cachexia, Chronic Pain, Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Nausea, Persistent muscle spasms, Post-traumatic stress, Seizures. Other conditions are subject to the state’s approval.

Pennsylvania – Medical Marijuana for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Intractable seizures, Intractable spasticity, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathies, Parkinson’s disease (PD), PTSD, Sickle cell anemia, Severe chronic or intractable pain, Terminal illness (defined as 12 months or fewer to live).

Puerto Rico – Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Anorexia, Anxiety, Cancer/ other conditions that cause severe nausea, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS/other conditions that cause cachexia, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)/ other conditions that cause severe spasms, Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Spinal cord injury or other conditions that cause severe pain.

Rhode Island – Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease, Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Nausea, Persistent muscle spasms, PTSD, Seizures, Other conditions are subject to the state’s approval.

South Carolina – The state of South Carolina permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Dravet Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Refractory epilepsy.

Tennessee – CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Intractable seizures.

Texas – The state of Texas only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Intractable Epilepsy.

Utah – The state of Utah only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Intractable Epilepsy.

Vermont – Medical Marijuana for Any patient receiving hospice care, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, Seizures, Severe or chronic pain, Severe nausea.

Virginia – The state of Virginia only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Intractable Epilepsy.

Washington – Medical Marijuana for Cachexia, Cancer
Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Intractable Pain, Persistent muscle spasms (MS), and spasticity, Nausea, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Seizures, Traumatic Brain Injury, Any “terminal or debilitating condition.”

Wisconsin – CBD products for any “medical condition” for which a physician recommends it.

West Virginia – Medical marijuana for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Cancer, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, Intractable seizures, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Neuropathies (chronic nerve pain), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Severe chronic or intractable pain, Spinal cord damage, Sickle cell anemia, Terminally illness.

Wyoming -The state of Wyoming only permits CBD Cannabis Extract oil for Intractable Epilepsy.

Legal Marijuana States (Recreational)

There are currently 8 recreational states in the U.S and they include

1. Alaska

2. California

3. Colorado

4. Oregon

5. Massachusetts

6. Nevada

7. Washington

8. Maine

Does this mean that you can go to these states and smoke pot? Unfortunately not. Some states are still not officially legal while other states only permit you to smoke in your own home. It’s best to check the state’s rules before heading to any recreational state.

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Medical Marijuana Legal States and their Qualifying Conditions (2017)
July 23, 2017
2 comments
  1. Daymon Helmick

    If your not on a recreational state where you don’t have to get a medical marijuana card the federal government is monitoring the cards and if you have one. You have to give up your gun rights can’t even go hunting you get caught with a gun your going to be treated as a felon. The feds know what they are doing and people are so happy they can get a card their not seeing the big picture. Do your research people the government is wanting to take your Right to bear arms. And sadly millions are going to miss the fine print.

  2. Kam Albey

    This is the best state by state guide I’ve ever seen. Well done!

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