If you use medical marijuana, and plan on traveling this summer, become familiar with the word “reciprocity.” First, do not travel with medical marijuana – transporting it across state lines, even between ‘legal’ states, can be considered illegal. So you need to know if the state you’re traveling to has 1) a medical marijuana program and 2) “reciprocity” with Florida, which means if that state accepts your Florida medical marijuana ID card.
Note, rules change often. The information provided below is only to get you started and may be updated/changed at any time. You should reach out to the state you are traveling to in order to confirm any rules. Also, please consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits and the current list of approved conditions.
Map courtesy of ProCon.org
Here is a rundown of legal and medical marijuana state programs and if they accept Florida certifications.
Alabama’s Senate Bill 46 was just recently signed into law, effective May 17, 2021. The state will need some time to get their medical marijuana program up and running. Currently, there are no medical marijuana licenses being approved in the state of Alabama for residents or non-residents.
State Website: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/index.html
Allows for both recreational and medical marijuana. Out of state medical marijuana cards are not recognized, but any adult over 21 can purchase at a recreational dispensary.
Arizona provides limited reciprocity for those who are considered “visiting qualifying patients.” To be a qualifying patient, you need to hold an out-of-state medical cannabis card and live outside of Arizona, or have only lived in Arizona for fewer than 30 days. Qualifying patients must also be licensed in their home state with a condition that meets Arizona’s medical card criteria.
State Website: https://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php
Those with a valid out-of-state medical recommendation and card can legally purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas, provided they fill out a visiting patient form and can provide proof of their out-of-state medical marijuana registration. Visiting patients also need to pay an application fee. If approved, a visiting patient may purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas for a 30-day period, per application.
Recreational and medical cannabis are now available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification. Consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits.
Visitors (21 years old and over) to Colorado are allowed to buy cannabis if they have valid government-issued identification. The possession limits are one ounce for non-resident adults. Colorado is a state that has both legal cannabis for recreation and medical use.
Connecticut does not currently accept out-of-state medical marijuana ID card.
Delaware does not currently accept out-of-state medical marijuana ID card – only Delaware residents can apply.
State Website: https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/medmarfaq.html
Currently, our Sunshine State does not allow medical marijuana cards from other states for purchase of cannabis products.
State Website: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/
Hawaii does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cardholders, but does allow out-of-state residents to apply for their own program. Those with serious or terminal conditions can get their applications fast-tracked. Out-of-state patients can get a 60-day Hawaii medical marijuana card and will be able to purchase medical cannabis from certified dispensaries in Hawaii as long as they’re certified in the medical cannabis program in their home state.
Out of state medical marijuana patients can’t purchase cannabis in Illinois dispensaries. This is the case even if they have a current/valid registration card from their home state. Only medical patients with a valid Illinois MMJ ID card are eligible to purchase medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary.
If you have a medical marijuana card from another state, Louisiana won’t recognize it. You must also have Louisiana residency to get a recommendation.
Maine currently honors qualified patients from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, DC.
Maryland dispensaries do not recognize other state medical marijuana ID cards.
State Website: https://mmcc.maryland.gov/Pages/patients_faq.aspx
In Massachusetts, all adults over the age of 21 are legally allowed to use cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes. The possession limits are a maximum of 1 ounce of cannabis flower and 5 grams of cannabis concentrate for adults with valid government-issued identification.
Anyone over the age of 21 can buy weed legally in Michigan, no matter what state or country you are from. Just show your valid driver’s license, passport, or state-issued I.D. to enter the dispensary.
Maryland dispensaries do not recognize other state medical marijuana ID cards.
State medical marijuana laws do not allow a patient with an out-of-state medical cannabis card or certification to possess medical marijuana in Missouri.
Yes, with restrictions. Montana offers reciprocity to out-of-state cardholders for possession and consumption. However, out-of-state cardholders are not permitted to shop at Montana dispensaries. If you plan on spending time in Montana, definitely contact their state office on how to obtain an ID card so you can purchase.
State Website: https://dphhs.mt.gov/marijuana/rulesandregulations
Recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada in 2017, allowing adults 21 and older to purchase and consume cannabis for personal use. Previously, Nevada had legalized medical marijuana in 2000, and Nevada had reciprocity with all states.
In New Hampshire, medical marijuana patients from out of state are allowed to possess up to 2 ounces of usable cannabis, but are not permitted to purchase from local dispensaries. The patient must also have the same qualifying medical conditions that are listed in New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program.
State Website: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/
According to the New Jersey Health Department, “This is not effective as of yet. We are waiting for the new commission.” So they will not yet recognize out-of-state medical marijuana ID cards.
State Website: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/pat_faqs.shtml
New Mexico does not accept any sales to out-of-state medical marijuana patients at this time. The state has gone back and forth on this, so definitely check up on current rules if you’re traveling to the Land of Enchantment.
North Dakota does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards. Without a valid North Dakota medical marijuana card, an individual in possession
of marijuana has no protections under the North Dakota medical marijuana laws.
State Website: https://www.ndhealth.gov/mm/
Currently, Ohio does not recognize medical marijuana registry cards issued in other states.
State Website: https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/
Oklahoma does recognize out-of-state cannabis cards. Out-of-state medical marijuana patients are able to purchase from dispensaries after applying for a temporary license. The temporary license costs $100, takes about 2 weeks to process, and is valid for 30 days with the ability to be renewed.
State Website: https://oklahoma.gov/
You’re okay in Oregon. They do not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. But recreational marijuana is legal. Anyone over 21 can purchase cannabis. Make sure to check up on the possession limits.
Pennsylvania does not recognize medical marijuana registry cards issued in other states.
As long as patients bring their physical medical marijuana card with a government-issued ID card from the same state, visiting patients can have access to dispensaries in Rhode Island.
According to their regulations of “Initiated Measure 26, ‘non-residents may use out-of-state registration cards.’ The measure notes that a nonresident cardholder must, ‘submit any documentation required by the department, and has to receive confirmation of registration.’ What this process might require has not yet been established.” Since it’s not yet established, definitely check with the state before traveling.
Utah requires patients to meet one of their own qualifying conditions in order to extend reciprocity. Those qualifying conditions can be viewed on their website: https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/
Vermont legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2018 for adults over 21. They do not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards, although any adult with a valid ID may purchase cannabis from any dispensary.
Virginia does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana patients.
Washington state legalized cannabis for recreational use. All adults that are at least 21 years old are able to purchase cannabis at retail sites across the state. please consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits and the current list of approved conditions.
West Virginia does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana patients.
State Website: https://dhhr.wv.gov/bph/Pages/Medical-Cannabis-Program.aspx
Using Your Florida Medical Marijuana ID Card in Other States
Keep in mind that rules change often. The information provided here is only to get you started and may be updated/changed at any time. You should reach out to the state you are traveling to in order to confirm any rules. And please consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits and the current list of approved conditions. Happy travels.