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Bruce Alan Block, PLC
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Phone: (616) 676-8770

1155 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 300

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Medical Marijuana State Comparison – Attorney Bruce Alan Block


The 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.


The 29 Medical Marijuana States (plus D.C.)


State Year passed Usable marijuana allowed Total plants allowed Recognizes other ID cards Dispensaries  authorized

% of


"medical use" defense  allowed 3

Registration Status
California 1996 8 ounces 1 18 plants, 12 mature 1 NO   56%   optional
Alaska 1998 1 ounce

6 plants – 3  mature

NO   58% NO mandatory
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


unknown NO NO YES 69% NO


Arizona 2010 2.5 ounces 12 plants YES YES 50.13% NO mandatory
Delaware 2011 6 ounces NO YES YES legislative YES voluntary
Connecticut 2012 2.5 oz NO unknown YES legislative 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
North Dakota 2016 TBD NO NO YES 63.7% unknown unknown
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.




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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.




Bruce Alan Block, PLC

Attorney and Counselor at Law

1155 East Paris Ave. SE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: (616) 676-8770


Serving Clients throughout Western Michigan, in Grand Rapids, Ada, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Cascade, Wyoming, Byron Center, Forest Hills, Lowell, Caledonia, Cascade, Rockford, Holland, Grand Haven, Hastings, Hudsonville, Grandville, Kent County, Barry County, Ottawa County, Newaygo County, Muskegon County, Allegan County, Ionia County.​


We represent college students from Calvin College, Aquinas, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University, Central University. Ferris State University, University of Michigan, and Western Michigan University.


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.