16 Medical Marijuana States As Of 2011

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At the end of 2011, 16 States + Washington DC have approved and regulated medical marijuana use, these states include – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 

14 of the 16 states require proof of residency to be considered a qualifying patient for medical marijuana use. Only Oregon has announced that it will accept out-of-state applications. Delaware is still up in the air if they will accept applications from non-state residents once the program is established.

Although Maryland didn’t make the legal list in 2011, Maryland passed two laws that are favorable to medical marijuana, but do not legalize its use.The federal government continues to enforce its prohibition in these states.  1) Senate Bill 502 which allows defendants being prosecuted for the use or possession of marijuana to introduce evidence of medical necessity and physician approval, to be considered by the court as a mitigating factor. 2) Senate Bill 308 which removed criminal penalties for medical marijuana patients who meet the specified conditions, but patients are still subject to arrest.

As of August, 2011, there were 6 States with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana which includes – Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Eleven (11) other states failed in the 2011 Legislation.  Full list below:

Legalized States

  • Alaska – Passed in 1998 by Ballet Measure 8 (58%).  The possession limit is 1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature).
  • Arizona – Passed in 2010 by Proposition 203 (50.13%).  The possession limit is 2.5 oz usable; 1 – 12 plants.  Note: Only patients that live more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary can cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.
  • California – Passed in 1996 by Proposition 215 (56%).  The possession limit is 8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants.
  • Colorado – Passed in 2000 by Ballot Amendment 20 (54%).  The possession limit is 2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature).
  • D.C. – Passed in 2010 by Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote).  The possession limit is 2 oz dried; limits on other forms TBD.
  • Delaware – Passed in 2011 by Senate Bill 17 (27-14 House, 17-4 Senate).  The possession limit is 6 oz usable.
  • Hawaii – Passed in 2000 by Senate Bill 862 (32-18 House; 13-12 Senate).  The possession limit is 3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature).
  • Maine – Passed in 1999 by Ballot Question 2 (61%).  The possession limit is 2.5 oz usable; 6 plants.
  • Michigan – Passed in 2008 by Proposal 1 (63%).  The possession limit is 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants.
  • Montana – Passed in 2004 by Initiative 148 (62%).  The possession limit is 1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings.
  • Nevada – Passed in 2000 by Ballot Question 9 (65%).  The possession limit is 1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature).
  • New Jersey – Passed in 2010 by Senate Bill 119 (48-14 House; 25-13 Senate).  The possession limit is 2 oz usable.
  • New Mexico – Passed in 2007 by Senate Bill 523 (36-31 House; 32-3 Senate).  The possession limit is 6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature).
  • Oregon – Passed in 1998 by Ballot Measure 67 (55%) .  The possession limit is 24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature).
  • Rhode Island –  Passed in 2006 by Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 House; 33-1 Senate).  The possession limit is Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 House; 33-1 Senate).
  • Vermont – Passed in 2004 by Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59).  The possession limit is 2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature).
  • Washington – Passed in 1998 by Initiative 692 (59%).  The possession limit is 24 oz usable; 15 plants.

States Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana

  • Illinois – House Bill HB 0030
  • Massachusetts – House Bill 625 & Senate Bill 1161
  • New Hampshire – House Bill 442
  • New York – Senate Bill S2774
  • Ohio – House Bill 214
  • Pennsylvania – Senate Bill 1003

States that Failed the 2011 Legislation

  • Alabama – House Bill 386
  • Connecticut – House Bills 5139, 5900, 6566 & Senate Bills 329, 345 & Governors Bill 1015
  • Florida – House Joint Resolution 1407
  • Idaho – House Bill 19
  • Iowa – Senate Bill 266
  • Kansas – House Bill 2330
  • Mississippi – Senate Bill 2672
  • North Carolina – House Bill 577
  • Oklahoma – Senate Bill 573
  • Texas – House Bill 1491
  • West Virginia – House Bill 3251

 





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