Marijuana Laws by State


Alaska Measure 8

Removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.”

Alaska Senate Bill 94

Mandates all patients seeking legal protection under this act to enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card. Patients not enrolled in the registry will no longer be able to argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on marijuana charges

Alaska Statute Title 17 Chapter 37

Creates a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers and establishes identification card.


California Department of Public Health – Medical Marijuana Program

The Medical Marijuana Program was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana ID issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.

Proposition 215

Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a “written or oral recommendation” from their physician that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.” Patients diagnosed with any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been “deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician” are afforded legal protection under this act.

Senate Bill 420

Imposes statewide guidelines outlining how much medicinal marijuana patients may grow and possess.

Attorney General’s Guidelines

On Aug. 25, 2008, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued guidelines for law enforcement and medical marijuana patients to clarify the state’s laws.

Primary Caregiver Responsibilities

Physician Responsibilities

County Responsibilities

Legal Representative Responsibilities

State Responsibilities


Colorado Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue has been deemed the agency to implement and regulate medical marijuana centers, optional premise grow facilities, medical marijuana infused product manufacturers and all associated occupational licenses.

Colorado House Bill 1240

“House Bill 1240 provides a regulatory framework for dispensaries, including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of these establishments.”

Senate Bill 109

Senate Bill 109 will help prevent fraud and abuse, ensuring that physicians who authorize medical marijuana for their patients actually perform a physical exam, do not have a DEA flag on their medical license and do not have a financial relationship with a dispensary.

Laws: Constitution, Statutes and Regulations for Marijuana Enforcement


Maine Medical Use of Marijuana

The Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 2009 is regulated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.

An Act To Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act

Adopted Rules for the Maine Medical Marijuana Act

Maine Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions


Michigan Department of Community Health – Medical Marihuana Program

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program within the Bureau of Health Professions at the Michigan Department of Community Health. The program will administer the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008.

Michigan Medical Marihuana Act – Initiated Law 1 of 2008

FAQ about MMMP

Application Forms and Instructions for MMMP


Montana Marijuana Program (MMP)

Initiative 148 was passed by Montana voters in November of 2004 to allow certain patients with specific medical conditions to alleviate their symptoms through the limited use of marijuana under medical supervision. The new law also allows qualified patients and their caregivers to grow and/or possess a restricted number of marijuana plants.

Initiative No 148 Montana Medical Marijuana Act



Nevada Medical Marijuana Information

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program is a state registry program within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada State Health Division. The Law establishes a confidential state-run patient registry that issues ID cards to qualified patients.

Nevada Medical Marijuana Bill

Registry Application Process

Nevada Medical Marijuana FAQ

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Health – Medicinal Marijuana Program

Senate Bill 119 protects “patients who use marijuana to alleviate suffering from debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians, primary caregivers and those who are authorized to produce marijuana for medical purposes” from arrest, prosecution, property forfeiture and criminal and other penalties. The Bill also provides for the creation of alternative treatment centers.

New Jersey Compassionate Use Medicinal Marijuana Act


Chapter 69.51A RCW Washington State Medical Marijuana Law

Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess “valid documentation” from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.”

Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana: “The law allows a qualifying patient or designated provider to grow medical marijuana. It is not legal to buy or sell it. The law does not allow dispensaries.”

Senate Bill 5798 Changes to Chapter 69.51A RCW

Medical Marijuana FAQ

Guidelines for Law Enforcement