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Feb 17, 2017 12:10 PM

In What States Can I Treat My Condition With Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 28 states, and this means that patients with a debilitating condition can now legally benefit from medical cannabis programs.

Medical Marijuana

The following list aims to show where your disease is qualified for medical marijuana treatment. Here you can also find out what states accept out-of-state documentation and where you can get marijuana treatment if your condition is not included in the qualifying list in your home state.

Please note that the following list of medical conditions treated in the mentioned states is based on local medical marijuana laws that can be changed at any time. To get the most updated information on qualifying conditions in your state, check the changes to the local medical marijuana programs on official websites.

Cancer

Cancer can be legally treated with medical marijuana in Washington, D.C. and 27 American states:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey , New Mexico , New York , North Dakota , Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island , Vermont, and Washington.

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Chronic Pain

The following states allow using medical cannabis to treat chronic pain : Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Illinois also includes complex regional pain syndrome type I and II and residual limb pain in the state qualifying list.

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HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS are both qualifying conditions for medical cannabis programs in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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HIV specialists have been hearing about the medical use of marijuana even longer than researchers have been looking for an effective antiretroviral therapy. Initially touted as an appetite stimulant for HIV-related weight loss and a palliative therapy for easing the pain of death

Moreover, AIDS is treated with medical pot in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada, while HIV is considered a qualifying illness in Maine.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is also one of the most common conditions qualifying for marijuana treatment in an array of states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina , North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina , Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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Seizures

Seizures associated with epilepsy or other conditions may be treated with medical cannabis in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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Glaucoma

Patients with glaucoma can apply for a medical cannabis card in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)

Cachexia or wasting syndrome is a condition that allows you to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

How can medical marijuana help with… WASTING SYNDROME?
How can medical marijuana help with… WASTING SYNDROME?
Cachexia, commonly referred to as wasting syndrome, is a substantial and overall weakening of the body due to continued exhausting illness.

Multiple Sclerosis

Patients with multiple sclerosis can receive significant relief from marijuana if they apply for a medical cannabis program in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are a qualifying disorder in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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Nausea/Vomiting

People that are dealing with nausea or vomiting can seek marijuana treatment in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

How can medical marijuana help with… BULIMIA?
How can medical marijuana help with… BULIMIA?
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana programs in Arkansas, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and North Dakota.

How can medical marijuana help with… Lou Gehrig's Disease?
How can medical marijuana help with… Lou Gehrig's Disease?
Lou Gehrig's Disease is a common term for what is called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Crohn’s Disease

Patients with Crohn's disease can apply for a medical marijuana program in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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Hepatitis C

The active form of hepatitis C can be treated with cannabis in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana programs in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical marijuana can help patients with Alzheimer's disease relieve their symptoms in Arkansas, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

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Spasticity Disorders

Spasticity disorders are on the list of qualifying conditions in Connecticut, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can be treated with medical cannabis in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Patients with Parkinson’s disease can apply for a medical pot program if they live in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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Spinal Cord Damages or Diseases

Problems with the spinal cord may be treated with medical cannabis in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and North Dakota.

Anorexia

California, New Mexico, and Washington have anorexia on their qualifying lists for medical marijuana treatment.

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Arthritis

Patients that have arthritis can now benefit from medical cannabis in Arkansas, California, Illinois, and New Mexico.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is allowed to be treated with medical cannabis in Arkansas, Illinois, and North Dakota.

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Huntington’s Disease

New York and Pennsylvania consider Huntington’s disease a qualifying condition for local medical marijuana programs.

Nail-Patella Syndrome

Marijuana may be used by patients with nail-patella syndrome in Illinois and Michigan.

Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a qualifying condition in Arkansas, Illinois, and Minnesota.

How can medical marijuana help with…Tourette syndrome?
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Muscular Dystrophy

Patients with muscular dystrophy can apply for a medical cannabis program in Illinois and New Jersey.

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Autism

Residents of Pennsylvania can apply for a medical marijuana program if they live with autism.

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Decompensated Cirrhosis

Washington, D.C. considers decompensated cirrhosis a condition treatable with medical weed.

Dravet Syndrome

People with Dravet syndrome can get a CBD oil treatment in Oklahoma.

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Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Oklahoma applies CBD oil for treating patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Migraines

Migraines can be treated with marijuana in California.

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Mitochondrial Disease

Georgia includes mitochondrial disease in their qualifying list.

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is on the qualifying list for medical marijuana in Georgia.

Spastic Quadriplegia

Spastic quadriplegia is a qualifying illness in Louisiana.

Other Debilitating Conditions

Almost all states that have legalized medical marijuana provide treatment for patients with terminal illnesses if the condition is confirmed by a licensed doctor.

In addition, it should be noted that Illinois has the most extensive list of qualifying conditions that is too numerous to list here. You can check out the full list if you are a state resident; non-residents of Illinois are not eligible for the program.

What States Accept Out-Of-State Documentation?

If you travel to another state, it is important to know where you can buy medical marijuana and not be prosecuted for pot possession. Fortunately, seven states have already adopted the recognition of medical cannabis cards issued in other states. However, there are some legal peculiarities you should consider beforehand.

Arizona

Though Arizona accepts out-of-state medical cannabis cards, you will not be allowed to buy weed in local dispensaries. However, your stash will not be confiscated if you possess no more than 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.

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Maine

Maine also allows the authorization of medical marijuana cards issued in other states, but local dispensaries will not sell you the medication. Moreover, your marijuana possession should not exceed 2.5 ounces of usable substance.

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Maine to Consider Opiate Addiction Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana
On April 19, Maine witnessed the first formal hearing considering the possibility of adding opiate addiction to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana patients.

Michigan

Michigan authorities permit medical cannabis patients from other states to buy marijuana products in their dispensaries. However, the state limits weed possession to 2.5 ounces of usable pot flowers.

Nevada

The state accepts MMJ cards from other states with an affidavit, but qualified patients can purchase marijuana only from one dispensary. Nevada visitors should not exceed the limit of marijuana possession established for residents, and that is 2.5 ounces of weed flowers or/and a maximum quantity of weed-infused products allowable by the state authorities.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is another state that permits the use of out-of-state medical marijuana cards. The local laws allow MMJ patients to possess 2 ounces of cannabis in case their qualifying condition is treatable with marijuana according to the state regulations.

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Pennsylvania

Parents of underage cannabis users have a right to purchase marijuana products from local dispensaries for medical purposes. Pennsylvania does not prohibit cannabis use for minors with debilitating conditions even if they are non-residents. However, the state lawmakers have already decided to repeal this legal loophole within the next two years.

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Rhode Island

When you visit Rhode Island, an ID card issued in your home state allows you buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flowers from one of the state-licensed dispensaries. However, keep in mind that the state laws prohibit any public consumption of marijuana for medical purposes.

Can I Apply for MMJ Program in Another State?

Some states also allow applying for a medical marijuana program for non-residents.

Maine

If you have already been qualified for a medical marijuana program in your state, you can also become a medical weed user in Maine. The state allows non-residents to stay for MMJ treatment in Maine, but you must get a state patient ID.

California

California laws provide medical ID cards only for the state residents, but local doctors are also allowed to recommend medical marijuana to non-residents. Those recommendations allow California visitors to legally consume the drug in the state.

Medical Marijuana Recommendations: Becoming Cannabis Patient in California
Medical Marijuana Recommendations: Becoming Cannabis Patient in California
Since California voted for the legalization of medical cannabis use in 1996, Californian potheads are probably one of the happiest people in the nation. In addition to being permitted to legally consume, grow, and possess cannabis, they also have easy access to medical cannabis.

Oregon

Oregon was the only state in the country that legally issued medical marijuana cards to non-residents. Many Americans with debilitating conditions took an unusual pilgrimage to the state with the only intention to get medical marijuana treatment. However, this practice stopped on Jan. 1, 2016.

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