How To Get Medical Marijuana Cards By State

There are many different medical marijuana laws depending on the state you're in. Learn how to get medical marijuana cards in each state here.

With around 64% of Americans supporting legalized marijuana, more people are looking to get their medical marijuana cards.

But how you go about obtaining a medical marijuana card depends on the state that you live in. Each state has different requirements that you need to meet to obtain yours.

Here is your quick breakdown of obtaining your medical marijuana card from different states.

Recreational States

For states where marijuana is already legal recreationally, you don’t necessarily need to do anything to start obtaining cannabis. If you want access to higher strains of THC, then you’ll need a medical marijuana card.

You’ll need to get the medical marijuana prescribed by your doctor in these states like any other prescription. You’ll need to have a qualifying condition or at least have your doctor present a case where cannabis would be useful for your condition otherwise. States like Arizona may limit how much marijuana you may buy, which you can read this page to learn more about.

Here are which states give out medical marijuana cards and have legal marijuana:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

Medical Approval Only

Medical marijuana laws in states where the plant is not legalized recreationally will likely need to see a specialized doctor. These doctors are licensed to prescribe medical marijuana and know more details about what strength works well with what condition.

You’ll likely encounter a limited list of conditions to qualify for medical marijuana as well.

States where only medical marijuana has approval include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Lousiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Fully-Illegal or CBD Only States

There is no legal way to obtain medical marijuana in some states, but you may still be able to get CBD products that contain low amounts of CBD. You’ll likely only obtain these products from supplement retailers, and they are only legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.

These states include:

  • Georgia
  • Indianapolis
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennesse
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

There are three states where any type of cannabis is completely illegal. This means no CBD products either. This technically goes against federal regulation so you still might find stores that carry CBD products, but they’re operating against the state regulations.

These states are:

  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska

Medical Marijuana Cards: Take the First Step To Getting Yours

Medical marijuana cards may require you to jump through hoops in certain states. The important part is finding a doctor who believes in the power of the plant to help with your condition. Be sure to carry your card with you at all times, as you may still get arrested without it in certain states.

If you want to learn more about medical marijuana, then be sure to check out the rest of our blog. Know someone interested in medical marijuana? Share this article with them, so they can start the process of obtaining their card.

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