16 states to legalize Medical Marijuana

The usefulness of medical marijuana for treating health complications has been realized by 16 states in the United States of America and DC that have enacted laws for legalizing medical marijuana. It is important to note that fourteen out of the sixteen states need residency proof before application from a qualifying patient can be considered for the use of medical marijuana. Oregon is the only state in the United States that accepts out-of-state applications while Delaware has not revealed till now whether it will be accepting applications from non-state residents or not.

1.    Alaska: Medical marijuana can be availed for the treatment of health complications such as cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, Cachexia, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other disorders featured by nausea and muscle spasticity while the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes may be approved by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services for other health conditions. It has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written physician documentation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use.

2.    Arizona: The state allows patients having a written physician documentation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use and health conditions that are approved for use of medical marijuana are ALS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis), and seizures (including epilepsy).

3.    California: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written or oral physician recommendation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use. The health conditions for which marijuana is approved are anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, AIDS, severe nausea, and other chronic or persistent medical symptoms.

4.    Colorado: The state allows patients having a written physician documentation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use and health conditions that are approved for use of medical marijuana are glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, cancer, and other conditions are subject to approval by the Colorado Board of Health.

5.    District of Columbia (DC): The approved health conditions for use of medicinal marijuana are HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other chronic, long-lasting, or debilitating conditions that interfere with the basic functions of life or conditions for which marijuana may be beneficial such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

6.    Delaware: A patient can buy or posses marijuana in Delaware only if he or she has a written physician documentation that he or she may benefit from medicinal marijuana use and suffering from a specified debilitating medical condition (cancer, HIV/AIDS, decompensated cirrhosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a condition producing wasting syndrome, or severe debilitating pain that has not responded to other treatments for more than three months, or if other forms of treatment have produced serious side effects) but a patient or caregiver cannot grow marijuana at home.

7.    Hawaii: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written physician recommendation that potential benefits of medicinal marijuana use would likely outweigh the health risks and the patient is suffering from a debilitating condition. The approved medical conditions are Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that may lead to cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, and other conditions that may be subjected to the approval by the Hawaii Department of Health.

8.    Maine: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written or oral physician recommendation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use and the approved health conditions for which medicinal marijuana may be used are glaucoma; multiple sclerosis, other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, and nausea or vomiting due to AIDS or cancer chemotherapy.

9.    Michigan: Medicinal marijuana is legal for the treatment of health conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, nail patella, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy, muscle spasms, and multiple sclerosis.

10.    Montana: The state has legalized medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment producing cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.

11.    Nevada: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written physician recommendation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use and the approved health conditions are AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, or any medical condition or treatment to a medical condition producing cachexia, persistent muscle spasms or seizures, severe nausea or pain, or any other condition that may be subjected to approval by the health division of the state Department of Human Resources.

12.    New Jersey: The state has legalized medical marijuana for the treatment of seizure disorder, including epilepsy, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia, or wasting syndrome resulting from HIV/AIDS or cancer, severe or chronic pain, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, or inflammatory bowel disease, or terminal illness.

13.    New Mexico: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana for conditions, including severe chronic pain, painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, severe anorexia/cachexia, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C infection, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and hospice patients.

14.    Oregon: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written physician recommendation that they may benefit from medicinal marijuana use when it comes to mitigating of debilitating symptoms. The approved conditions are cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or a medical condition producing cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or other conditions are subject to approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

15.    Rhode Island: The approved conditions for use of medicinal marijuana in the state are cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment producing cachexia or wasting syndrome, or any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health.

16.    Vermont: The approved conditions for use of medicinal marijuana in the state are cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment producing cachexia or wasting syndrome or severe pain or nausea or seizures.

Washington: The state has removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients having a written physician recommendation that potential benefits of medicinal marijuana use would likely outweigh the health risks and the patient is suffering from a debilitating condition. The approved health conditions are Cachexia, cancer, HIV or AIDS, glaucoma, epilepsy, intractable pain, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that are subjected to approval by the Washington Board of Health.