Medical Marijuana State Comparison – Attorney Bruce Alan Block
17 18 20 23 24 25 29 Medical Marijuana States – How they Compare.
The laws in medical marijuana states are in a constant ebb and flow. You should consult an attorney in your state regarding the accuracy of this information. We tried to get it right – but make no guaranty. (This page was last updated April 2017.)
Here is a side by side comparison of the 29 medical marijuana states (plus Washington D.C.) that have medical marijuana laws on the books, listed in the order they enacted their medical marijuana laws. In addition, the U.S. Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico also allow for the medical use of marihuana.
|State||Year passed||Usable marijuana allowed||Total plants allowed||Recognizes other ID cards||Dispensaries authorized||
"medical use" defense allowed 3
|California||1996||8 ounces 1||18 plants, 12 mature 1||NO||56%||optional|
6 plants – 3 mature
|Oregon||1998||24 ounces||24 plants – 6 mature||NO||55%||YES|
|Washington||1998||24 ounces||15 plants||NO||59%||NO||none|
|Maine||1999||2.5 ounces||6 plants||YES||61%||YES||N/A|
|Colorado||2000||2 ounces||6 plants||NO||54%||YES||voluntary|
|Hawaii||2000||3 ounces||7 plants||NO||legislative||NO|
|Nevada||2000||1 ounce||7 plants||NO||65%||YES|
|Montana||2004||1 ounce||6 plants||YES||62%||NO||mandatory|
|Vermont||2004||2 ounces||9 plants||NO||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Rhode Island||2006||2.5 ounces||12 plants||NO||legislative||YES|
|New Mexico||2007||6 ounces||16 plants||NO||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Michigan||2008||2.5 ounces||12 plants||YES||NO||63%||YES||voluntary|
|New Jersey||2010||2 ounces month||NO||unknown||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|District of Columbia||
|Arizona||2010||2.5 ounces||12 plants||YES||YES||50.13%||NO||mandatory|
|Massachusetts||2012||60 day supply up to 10 oz||NO||unknown||YES||63%||YES||unknown|
|Illinois||2013||2.5 ounces for 14-day period||NO||NO||YES||61%||NO||mandatory|
|New Hampshire||2013||2 ounces for 10-day period||NO||YES||YES||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Maryland||2014||30-day supply TBD||NO||NO||YES||legislative||YES||mandatory|
|Minnesota||2014||30-day supply non-smokable||NO||NO||YES||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|New York||2014||30-day supply non-smokable||NO||NO||YES||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Pennsylvania||2016||30-day supply||Oils or topical only, no leaves or flowers||unknown||YES||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Ohio||2016||90-day supply TBD. Non-smokable||NO||MAYBE||YES||legislative||NO||mandatory|
|Arkansas||2016||3 ounces per two weeks||NO||unknown||unknown||53.2%||unknown||unknown|
|Montana||2016||unknown||4 mature plants, 12 seedlings||NO||YES||62%||unknown||unknown|
|Maine||2016||to be determined||6 plants||YES||YES||61%||unknown||mandatory|
|West Virginia||2017||30-day supply TBD||NO||NO||YES||legislative||unknown||YES|
1 The California Supreme Court struck down these limits as unconstitutional. For now, the amount a patient can possess depends on the county you are in. Each county has its own regulations as to the amount of plants or marijuana that can be grown or possessed. What is allowed in one county may not be allowed in a neighboring county.
3 These states recognize an Affirmative Defense which can be argued after an arrest, and thus protect an otherwise eligible patient or caregiver from a criminal conviction. Your medical pot and plants are seized but you may be able to avoid a criminal conviction by arguing that your marijuana was for personal medical consumption.
Medical Marijuana State Program Registration.
There is zero ø protection if you are Not registered in states that require registration such as Vermont, Alaska, New Mexico, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Delaware, Ohio, New York, and Washington D.C. Typically a medical marijuana identification card in-hand is the strongest legal protection available, especially in California.
Many of the marijuana amounts which are lawful to possess (under state law) are doubled if the patient has a caregiver to either grow or obtain the medical marijuana for them (i.e., in Michigan a patient can possess 2.5 ounces and their caregiver an additional 2.5 ounces).
Recreational Marijuana States.
There is a growing number of states that are legalizing marijuana for non-medical reasons. Presently, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon have some form of recreational marijuana allowed. Typically, these states allow non-criminal possession of 1 ounce or less by someone that is 21 years or older.
We are Knowledgeable about Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law
Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer Bruce Alan Block has thoroughly studied the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Michigan Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act and stays current on changing laws and court decisions.He has argued cases on medical marijuana to the state appeals court and supreme court. He is a legal committee member of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and is experienced.
Attorney Bruce Alan Block is a Grand Rapids, Michigan criminal defense lawyer who defends clients and represents their interests. He has successfully handled medical marijuana cases, argued medical use defense, and handled marijuana cases where clients were accused of possession of marijuana, manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and similar offenses. If you are accused of a marijuana crime, put his decades of experience to work.
If you or a family member has been charged with or accused of a crime you need immediate advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact our Grand Rapids, Michigan, marijuana, drug, criminal defense lawyer at (616) 676-8770.
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Disclaimer: It is our hope that everyone will strictly adhere to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and its requirements. Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal under federal law – which trumps state law. Please understand that the purpose of this webpage is strictly informational; nothing on this website or this webpage are intended to suggest that you violate any state or federal law. You are advised to seek your own personalized legal advice.