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Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana by state

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card by state

Although cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States, many states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes (and several states have legalized cannabis both medically and for adult use). In order to qualify for medical marijuana, patients must have a diagnosed ailment that is on their state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. With the recommendation of a local physician, a qualified patient can obtain a medical marijuana card or authorization to visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products. (In states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, adult consumers do not need a medical marijuana card, but may not have access to the same medical cannabis products that are available for patients.)

Here’s a list of which states authorize medical marijuana for valid, qualified patients. Each entry includes a link to the state’s qualifying conditions, as well as a rundown of which medical conditions and symptoms must be verified by a physician in order to get authorized as a valid medical marijuana patient. Please note that some states allow physicians to approve other medical conditions not listed on a case-by-case basis, so check with your doctor.

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Click on a state to view its qualifying conditions.

(Updated October 6, 2018)


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Alabama

High-CBD forms of cannabis is only allowed for use in a state-sponsored clinical trial for treating:

For more information, please refer to the University of Alabama Cannabidiol Program
.

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Alaska

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to AS 17.37.070
or catch up on the latest Alaska cannabis news
.

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Arizona

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the AZ Leg. 36-2801
 or catch up on the latest Arizona cannabis news
.

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Arkansas

Qualifying conditions for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment
include:

For more information, please refer to Issue 6 – The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act of 2016
.

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California

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in California include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to California Proposition 215
, with revised Senate Bill 420
, or catch up on the latest California cannabis news
.

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Colorado

Although Colorado has implemented a legal recreational cannabis market, it still operates medical marijuana dispensaries for valid patients. Colorado medical marijuana patients still pay standard sales tax on cannabis but are exempt from the high excise taxes and additional state taxes collected from recreational cannabis sales. Minors may also apply to be registered as a medical marijuana patient if they have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Colorado include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Colorado’s Debilitating Conditions for Medical Marijuana Use
, or catch up on the latest Colorado cannabis news
.

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Connecticut

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut include:

For underage patients:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Connecticut’s medical marijuana qualification requirements
, or catch up on the latest Connecticut cannabis news
.

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Delaware

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Delaware include:

Pediatric Patients Qualifying Conditions*:

*If the qualifying patient is younger than 18 years of age, the physician must be a pediatric neurologist, pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric oncologist or pediatric palliative care specialist.

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Delaware’s medical marijuana program guidelines
, or catch up on the latest Delaware cannabis news
.

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District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington, D.C. include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for MMJ
, or catch up on the latest Washington, D.C. cannabis news
.

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Florida

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Florida include:

For more information on the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization, please refer to 381.986 Florida Statutes
.

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Georgia

Georgia only allows for the use of low THC oil
(less than 5% THC by weight).

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Georgia include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Low-THC Oil FAQ
, or catch up on the latest Georgia cannabis news
.

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Hawaii

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Hawaii include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Hawaii’s Eligible Debilitating Medical Conditions
 or catch up on the latest Hawaii cannabis news
.

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Illinois

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Debilitating Conditions
, or catch up on the latest Illinois cannabis news
.

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Indiana

Indiana provides civil immunity for a health care provider if the patient who possesses the cannabidiol (CBD) is a part of a clinical trial. Conditions include:

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 15
.

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Iowa

Iowa allows for the use of high-CBD cannabis extracts
with no more than 3% THC.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Iowa include:

For a complete list of guidelines, please refer to Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act
, or catch up on the latest Iowa cannabis news
.

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Kentucky

Kentucky allows for the use of low-THC cannabis or industrial hemp-derived CBD oil. Only those who are participating in a clinical trial or expanded access program are legally allowed to possess CBD oil.

For more information on accessing CBD in Kentucky, please refer to Senate Bill 124
, or catch up on the latest Kentucky cannabis news
.

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Louisiana

Louisiana does not allow smoking or vaping of low-THC cannabis oils. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Louisiana include:

For more information on Louisiana’s medical marijuana law, please refer to Louisiana Department of Health: Medical Marijuana Facts
, or catch up on the latest Louisiana cannabis news
.

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Maine

LD 1539 approved 07/09/2018 amends the laws so that qualification is now the sole discretion of a physician and can be recommended to any patient for which they believe it would be beneficial. This law takes effect 90 days after the close of the 2018 special legislative session.

Sec. 19. 22 MRSA §2423-B

A medical provider who is in good standing with the appropriate licensing board may provide a written certification for the medical use of marijuana under this chapter and, after having done so, may otherwise state that in the medical provider’s professional opinion a qualifying patient is likely to receive therapeutic benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition.

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Act To Amend Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law
, or catch up on the latest Maine cannabis news
.

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Maryland

Maryland does not allow edibles, only cannabis flower and other infused cannabis products. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Maryland include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
 or catch up on the latest Maryland cannabis news
.

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Massachusetts

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana
, or catch up on the latest Massachusetts cannabis news
.

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Michigan

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Michigan include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act
or catch up on the latest Michigan cannabis news
.

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Minnesota

Minnesota does not allow for smokeable cannabis, only a 30-day supply of oils, edibles
, and concentrates
. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Minnesota include:

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions
, or catch up on the latest Minnesota cannabis news
.

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Mississippi

Mississippi allows access to CBD oil
only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Mississippi include:

Patients must receive medical recommendations by a physician from the University of Mississippi Medical Center to participate in the clinical trial. For more information, please refer to House Bill 1231 or Harper Grace’s Law
, or catch up on the latest Mississippi cannabis news
.

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Missouri

Missouri legalized medical marijuana with the passage of Amendment 2 in Nov. 2018. That measure set out these qualifying conditions:

For more information, please refer to Missouri Department of Health: Medical Marijuana FAQ
, or catch up on the latest Missouri cannabis news
.

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Montana

Montana does not allow for the smoking of cannabis flower, only oils (vaping is permitted), edibles, and concentrates. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Montana include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Montana Marijuana Program FAQ
, or catch up on the latest Montana cannabis news
.

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Nevada

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholder Registry FAQ
, or catch up on the latest Nevada cannabis news
.

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New Hampshire

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Hampshire include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to New Hampshire’s Qualifying Medical Conditions
, or catch up on the latest New Hampshire cannabis news
.

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New Jersey

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program
, or catch up on the latest New Jersey cannabis news
.

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New Mexico

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Mexico include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patient Application
 or catch up on the latest New Mexico cannabis news
.

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New York

New York does not permit smoking cannabis or edibles. Oils for vaporization must be administered via an inhaler or through oral capsules. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New York include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New York State Medical Marijuana Program FAQ
 and Assembly Bill 6537
, or catch up on the latest New York cannabis news
.

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North Carolina

North Carolina allows for the use of CBD oil
only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in North Carolina include:

For more information, please refer to House Bill 1220
, or catch up on the latest North Carolina cannabis news
.

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North Dakota

North Dakota does not permit edible forms of cannabis. North Dakota’s qualifying conditions for the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act include:

For more information, please refer to the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act
.

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Ohio

Ohio does not allow for the smoking of cannabis flower, only oils (vaping is permitted), edibles, and concentrates. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Ohio include:

For more information, please refer to Ohio’s Official Resource for the Medical Marijuana Control Program
.

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma has one of the least restrictive medical marijuana programs and only requires that applicants be OK residents 18 years or older with board-certified physician’s signature. Special circumstances may be allowed for minors if applications receive (2) physician signatures as well as the applicant’s parent or guardian.

For more information, please refer to State Question 788
, or catch up on the latest Oklahoma cannabis news
.

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Oregon

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Oregon include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act
, or catch up on the latest Oregon cannabis news
.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania does not allow for the smoking of cannabis flower, only oils (vaping is permitted), edibles, and concentrates. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Pennsylvania include:

For more information, please refer to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program
 or catch up on the latest Pennsylvania cannabis news
.

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Rhode Island

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Rhode Island include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana approved qualifying debilitating medical conditions
, or catch up on the latest Rhode Island cannabis news
.

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South Carolina

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in South Carolina include:

For more information, please refer to the House Bill 3521
,
 or catch up on the latest South Carolina cannabis news
.

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Tennessee

Tennessee allows for the use of CBD oil
only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Tennessee include:

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 280
, or catch up on the latest Tennessee cannabis news
.

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Texas

Texas allows for the use of CBD oil
only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Texas include:

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 339
, or catch up on the latest Texas cannabis news
.

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Utah

Utah does not allow for the smoking of cannabis flower or edibles, unless packaged within a blister pack that contains a maximum of 1g per blister.

Utah voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana under Proposition 2
in Nov. 2018.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient using CBD oil in Utah include:

For more information, please refer to House Bill 3001 – Utah Medical Cannabis Act
, or catch up on the latest Utah cannabis news
.

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Vermont

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Vermont include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Vermont Medical Marijuana Program FAQ
, or catch up on the latest Vermont cannabis news
.

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Virginia

Virginia exclusively allows for the consumption of low-THC oil (0.5% maximum) that contains at least 15% CBD, or concentrates with at least 50mg of THCA
per ml (maximum 5% THC). Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Virginia include:

For more information, please refer to House Bill 1251
, or catch up the latest Virginia cannabis news
.

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Washington

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington include:

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Washington State Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
, or catch up on the latest Washington state cannabis news
.

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West Virginia*

West Virginia does not allow for the smoking of cannabis flower, only oils (vaping is permitted), edibles, and concentrates. Qualifying conditions to be a medical marijuana patient in West Virginia include:

*This program will not be effective until mid 2019. For more information, please refer to West Virginia Medical Cannabis Program FAQ
.

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin allows for the use of non-intoxicating CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Wisconsin include:

For more information, please refer to Lydia’s Law (Act 267)
, or catch up on the latest Wisconsin cannabis news
.

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Wyoming

Wyoming allows for the use of low-THC (0.3% maximum) that contains at least 5% CBD
, and contains no other intoxicating substance only. Qualifying conditions include:

For more information, please refer to House Bill 32
, or catch up on the latest Wyoming cannabis news
.

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