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Legalized Medical Marijuana States

Below you will find relevant State legislation information for States with a legalized Medical Marijuana program.

We will add States with pending legislation as the legalization effort moves forward into 2014. We anticipated a flurry of action related to State recommendations and legalization.


.Alaska


Ballot Measure 8 - Approved Nov. 3, 1998, effective Mar. 4, 1999
Amended: Senate Bill 94, effective June 2, 1999
Relevant Statutes: Alaska Stat. §§ 17.37.10 - 17.37.80 (2007)
Caregivers: The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older.
Registration is Required $25.00 - $20.00 Renewal

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
Marijuana Registry
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
Phone: 907-465-5423

Arizona


Ballot Proposition 203 "Arizona Medical Marijuana Act"
Approved Nov. 2, 2010.
Amended: Senate Bill 1443
Signed by Governor Jan Brewer on May 7, 2013
Registration is Required $150.00
$75.00 SNAP Participants

For more information, please contact:
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Medical Marijuana Program
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-542-1023

California


Ballot Proposition 215 - Approved Nov. 5, 1996, effective Nov. 6, 1996.
Amended: Senate Bill 420, effective Jan. 1, 2004.
Registration is Voluntary
$66.00 - Non Medi-Cal
$33.00 - Medi-Cal

For more information, please contact: California Department of Public Health
1615 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA 95814
(916)-558-1700

Colorado


Ballot Amendment 20 - Approved Nov. 7, 2000, effective June 1, 2001.
Amended: House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109, effective: June 7, 2010.
Registration is Required - $35.00

For more information, please contact:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment HSVR-ADM2-A1
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2184

Connecticut


HB 5389(310 KB) -- Signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) on May 31, 2012
Approved: By House 96-51, by Senate 21-13
Effective: Some sections from passage (May 4, 2012), other sections on Oct. 1, 2012

Medical Marijuana Program
Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-713-6006
Toll-Free: 800-842-2649

dcp.mmp@ct.gov


District of Columbia


Amendment Act B18-622(80KB) "Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010" -- Approved 13-0 by the Council of the District of Columbia on May 4, 2010; signed by the Mayor on May 21, 2010|

Patient Registry Fee:
$100 initial or renewal fee /$25 for low income patients

Medical Marijuana Program
Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-442-5955

doh.mmp@dc.gov


Delaware


Senate Bill 17(100 KB) -- Signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell (D) on May 13, 2011
Approved: By House 27-14, by Senate 17-4
Effective: July 1, 2011

Patient Registry Fee:
$125 (a sliding scale fee is available based on income)

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Division of Public Health
Phone: 302-744-4749
Fax: 302-739-3071

MedicalMarijuanaDPH@state.de.us


Hawaii


Senate Bill 862(40 KB) -- Signed into law by Gov. Ben Cayetano on June 14, 2000
Approved: By House 32-18, by Senate 13-12
Effective: Dec. 28, 2000

Patient Registry Fee:
$25

Department of Public Safety
Narcotics Enforcement Division
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite D-100
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 808-837-8470
Fax: 808-837-8474

HI Medical Marijuana Application info


Illinois


Approved: Apr. 17, 2013 by House, 61-57 and May 17, 2013 by Senate, 35-21
Signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 1, 2013
Effective: Jan. 1, 2014

Patient Registry Fee:
To be determined during the rulemaking process

Medical Cannabis Program
Illinois Department of Public Health

Maine


Ballot Question 2 -- Approved Nov. 2, 1999 by 61% of voters
Effective: Dec. 22, 1999

Patient Registry Fee: $0
Caregivers pay $300/patient(limit of 5 patients; if not growing marijuana, there is no fee)

Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services
John Thiele, Program Manager
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-9300

Maine Medical Marijuana Program


Massachusetts


Ballot Question 3 -- Approved Nov. 6, 2012 by 63% of voters
Effective: Jan. 1, 2013

Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-573-1600
www.mass.gov/medicalmarijuana

Michigan


Proposal 1(60 KB) "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act" -- Approved by 63% of voters on Nov. 4, 2008
Approved: Nov. 4, 2008
Effective: Dec. 4, 2008

Patient Registry Fee:
$100 new or renewal application / $25 Medicaid patients

Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-0395

BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov

MI Medical Marihuana Program


Montana


Initiative 148(76 KB) -- Approved by 62% of voters on Nov. 2, 2004
Effective: Nov. 2, 2004

Amended: SB 423(100 KB) -- Passed on Apr. 28, 2011 and transmitted to the Governor on May 3, 2011

Patient Registry Fee:
$25 new application/$10 renewal
(reduced from $50 as of Oct. 1, 2009)

Medical Marijuana Program
Montana Department of Health and Human Services
Licensure Bureau
2401 Colonial Drive, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 202953
Helena, MT 59620-2953
Phone: 406-444-2676
jbuska@mt.gov

MT Medical Marijuana Program

Medical Marijuana Program FAQs(35 KB)


Nevada


Ballot Question 9 -- Approved Nov. 7, 2000 by 65% of voters
Effective: Oct. 1, 2001 Patient Registry Fee:
$50 application fee, plus $150 for the card (new or renewal), plus $15-42 in additional related costs
8: SB 374 requires the fee to be reduced at least by half before Apr. 1, 2014

Nevada State Health Division
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada
Phone: 775-687-7594
Fax: 775-684-4156

NV Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire


House Bill 573(215 KB)
Approved: May 23, 2013 by Senate, 18-6 and June 26, 2013 by House, 284-66
Signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on July 23, 2013
Effective: Upon passage

Patient Registry Fee:
To be determined during the rulemaking process

Medical Marijuana Program
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us


New Jersy


Senate Bill 119(175 KB)
Approved: Jan. 11, 2010 by House, 48-14; by Senate, 25-13
Signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine on Jan. 18, 2010
Effective: Six months from enactment


Amended: SB 2842 (40 KB)
Signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on Sep. 10, 2013 following legislative adoption of his conditional veto(10 KB)

Patient Registry Fee:
$200 (valid for two years). Reduced fee of $20 for patients qualifying for state or federal assistance programs

Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
Patients are not allowed to grow their own marijuana. On Mar. 21, 2011, the New Jersey DHHS announced the locations of six nonprofit alternative treatment centers (ATCs) (100 KB) from which medical marijuana may be obtained.

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the state agency in charge of the program, issued its first dispensary permit on Oct. 16, 2012.

Medicinal Marijuana Program


New Mexico


Senate Bill 523(71 KB) "The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act"
Approved: Mar. 13, 2007 by House, 36-31; by Senate, 32-3
Effective: July 1, 2007

Patient Registry Fee:
$0

New Mexico Department of Health
1190 St. Francis Drive
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110
Phone: 505-827-2321
medical.cannabis@state.nm.us

NM Medical Cannabis Program


Oregan


Ballot Measure 67(75 KB) -- Approved by 55% of voters on Nov. 3, 1998
Effective: Dec. 3, 1998 Amended: Senate Bill 1085(52 KB)
Effective: Jan. 1, 2006

Patient Registry Fee:
10:$200 for new applications and renewals; $100 for application and annual renewal fee for persons receiving SNAP (food stamp) and for Oregon Health Plan cardholders; $20 for persons receiving SSI benefits

An additional $50 grow site registration fee is charged if the patient is not his or her own grower.

Oregon Department of Human Services
Medical Marijuana Program
PO Box 14450
Portland, OR 97293-0450
Phone: 971-673-1234
Fax: 971-673-1278
OR Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP)

Rhode Island


Senate Bill 0710 -- Approved by state House and Senate, vetoed by the Governor. Veto was over-ridden by House and Senate.

Amended: H5359(70 KB) - The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act (substituted for the original bill)
Effective June 16, 2009:


Patient Registry Fee:
$75/$10 for applicants on Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Rhode Island Department of Health
Office of Health Professions Regulation, Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone: 401-222-2828

RI Medical Marijuana Program(MMP)

Vermont


Senate Bill 76(45 KB) -- Approved 22-7; House Bill 645(41 KB) -- Approved 82-59
"Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness" (Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. chapter 86(41 KB) passed by the General Assembly) Gov. James Douglas (R), allowed the act to pass into law unsigned on May 26, 2004
Effective: July 1, 2004

Amended: Senate Bill 00007(65 KB)
Effective: May 30, 2007

Patient Registry Fee:
$50

Marijuana Registry
Department of Public Safety
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05671
Phone: 802-241-5115

VT Marijuana Registry Program

Washington


Chapter 69.51A RCW(4KB) Ballot Initiative I-692 -- Approved by 59% of voters on Nov. 3, 1998
Effective: Nov. 3, 1998

On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters passed Initiative 502, which allows the state to "license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over 21 and tax marijuana sales." The website for Washington's medical marijuana program states that the initiative "does not amend or repeal the medical marijuana laws (chapter 69.51A RCW) in any way. The laws relating to authorization of medical marijuana by healthcare providers are still valid and enforceable."]

Department of Health
PO Box 47866
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
Phone: 360-236-4700
Fax: 360-236-4768
MedicalMarijuana@doh.wa.gov

WA Medical Marijuana website