State Year Limits
Alaska 1998 1 oz; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
Arizona 2010 2.5 oz; 12 plants
Arkansas 2016 3 oz per 14-day period
California 1996 8 oz ; 6 mature or 12 immature plants
Colorado 2000 2 oz ; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
Connecticut 2012 2.5 oz
Delaware 2011 6 oz
Florida 2016 Amount tba
Hawaii 2000 4 oz; 7 plants
Illinois 2013 2.5 oz 14 days
Maine 1999 2.5 oz ; 6 plants
Maryland 2014 30-day supply, amount tba
Massachusetts 2012 60-day supply for personal medical use (10 oz)
Michigan 2008 2.5 oz; 12 plants
Minnesota 2014 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana
Montana 2004 1 oz; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings
Nevada 2000 2.5 oz; 12 plants
New Hampshire 2013 Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period
New Jersey 2010 2 oz
New Mexico 2007 6 oz; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
New York 2014 30-day supply non-smokable marijuana
North Dakota 2016 3 oz / 14-days
Ohio 2016 Maximum of a 90-day supply, amount to be determined
Oregon 1998 24 oz; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
Pennsylvania 2016 30-day supply
Rhode Island 2006 2.5 oz; 12 plants
Vermont 2004 2 oz; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
Washington 1998 8 oz ; 6 plants
Washington, DC 2010 2 oz dried; limits on other forms tba

There are 28 states that have passed medical Cannabis legislation. I have categorized them into four categories with examples:

  • RMJ = recreation marijuana use
  • MMJ = medical marijuana use


Colorado is the leader here. Washington may have their recreation, but the payment is steep: governmental control. Colorado, on the other hand, is part of the “Wild West” and the entrepreneurial efforts for Cannabis flower and Cannabis medicine (tinctures, tablets, capsules, etc.) have saved lives and made Colorado fiscally sound.

  • Alaska -2015
  • Colorado – 2012
  • Maine – 2016 (2018)
  • Massachusetts – 2017 (2018)
  • Nevada – 2017 (2018)
  • Oregon – 2015
  • Washington – 2012
  • Washington, DC – 2014

MMJ Grandmother

  • California

Since 1996, this state has led the Cannabis charge. Think it won’t turn RMJ? It may in 2016. The public push is there, but battles with prohibition law enforcement organizations keep progress at bay as well as not enough time to collect the needed amount of signatures for the measure to make it to the ballot in November 2014.

MMJ Supporting Patients

The next strata are those states that have passed legislation to support patients. Whether the reasons are patient-based (children to seniors), or providing safe access for both in-state residents and visiting patients, these states have seen a glimpse of the future and have a plan to get there. A good example is the state of Maine. They have reciprocity with other states, attempted to pass recreational Cannabis laws at the state level, and its largest city, Portland, recently passed recreational Cannabis. Although Portland’s referendum is symbolic, it still represents the will of the people and sets a future stage for pro-Cannabis legislation in other Maine municipalities.

The Law Was Passed…Yeah Right, like We Care (Unless We Can Profit from It)

The lowest strata of MMJ states are those who have passed pro-Cannabis laws, then work tirelessly to hurt patients. Unfortunately, due to a change in the governor’s office (New Jersey, where apparently human life does not matter to the governor) or the legislative branch, (Michigan, where visions of “Reefer Madness” combined with greed and graft set the MMJ agenda and protection for patients is stripped right off the bone). Medical Cannabis is outwardly being treated like a demon while the big money players have their politicians stall in order to possibly position themselves for a windfall cash flow through contracts with Canadian Cannabis providers. Get ready for them to tell you the same thing they told our northern neighbors – dump all your old medical Cannabis in kitty litter. (Unfortunately, this is Health Canada’s recommendation for current medical Cannabis Patients.)