Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013

medical marijuana card out of stateWhich States Recognize Out Of State Medical Marijuana Patients?

A question that I have been getting more and more lately is ‘If I’m a medical marijuana patient in my home state, are there other states that I can travel to that recognize my medical marijuana card?’ This was a question I wondered when I was a medical marijuana patient in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) and I was looking into taking a vacation.

The quick answer is yes, there are other states that consider you a medical marijuana patient. It’s a term called ‘reciprocity.’ States have ‘reciprocal agreements’ with other states in certain areas. The most common example is reciprocal agreements to recognize out of state driver licenses. When you travel to another state, you are a valid driver so long as you are a valid driver in your home state. But unlike driver licenses, not all states recognize medical marijuana cards. Obviously in states that have no medical marijuana program, your card is invalid. Of the twenty states that have medical marijuana laws, only a handful recognize out of state patients.

Radical Russ has one of the best summaries of this area of public policy, via his tweet today:


When you are in another state that recognizes your card, remember that you are now under the jurisdiction of the state you are in. i.e. your possession limits are not what they were back home, they are whatever the state’s laws are that you are in. If you want to know more about flying with medical marijuana, you might find this article useful – click here.

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  • painkills2

    I was told recently that New Mexico had entered into reciprocal agreements with two bordering states, including Colorado. If anyone knows about this, please comment. Gracias.

    • Sarijuana

      I’ll be calling the DPA in Santa Fe next week to find out, but I don’t think so. Where did you hear this?

      • painkills2

        The dude from the patient’s organization here in New Mexico. He said it happened a couple of months ago, but I haven’t found any other info on it. Let us know cuz I want to head up to Colorado in my quest for good bud.

        • Sarijuana

          Just had a CO patient spend a few days with us. She is disgusted with what plant matter is available there. She says they have the same old stuff all the time and was impressed with what comes out of our disp. But their edibles are out of this world. Go figure.

          • AOrange

            I as a Colorado med card holder can use it at dispensaries in New Mexico? If true then its road trip time.

          • painkills2

            And, as a New Mexican MMJ patient, I want to head on up to Colorado…
            I’m not sure, but it seems like we need to get a better handle on where the good medicine is located. I can’t go driving all around the U.S. looking for good bud. Sounds like fun, though, doesn’t it?

            No, dude, you can’t use your MMJ card in New Mexico. I think, but am not sure, that the reciprocity agreements mean that we can carry our medicine over state borders, not that we can actually BUY medicine in a different state. :(

          • Sarijuana

            And we need to change that. Are you a Burqueño? There’s gotta be a way we can work together on this.

          • AOrange

            No i live in Northern Colorado, but I love to spend time in so Co and New Mexico. As a Colorado card holder is there any legal issue when I goto NM with meds from CO? Other than federal of course.

          • Sarijuana

            Not at my house, lol. You can still be fined for possession. NM doesn’t recognize other state MC cards, presently.

          • AOrange

            Found a place in Denver finally that test actually. Have a ton of different thc/cbd strains from high thc mid cbd, otherway around, and several different 1:1 ratio that go from 8%-16%. So far only shop in world untill late December to marysmedicinals.com transdermal patches which come in THC, THC-A, CBN, CBD, as well as THC/CBD 1:1 patch. The amount of time and money spent to finally find legit medicine was alot! Finally though! Very happy and well finally.

          • painkills2

            Transdermal patches? Patent pending? Man, thanks for the info! I am going to check this out further. I’ve tried transdermal patches with that really potent pain medication and didn’t like it AT ALL. But a cannabis transdermal patch? My goodness gracious, this is good news.

          • AOrange

            I agree, legit science, some huge sponsers in the medical community, and testimonials from severely ill patients is mind blowing. Not sure how much longer schedule 1 status will hold up.

          • painkills2

            Sure would like to know who is behind this company, providing financial backing. Any ideas?

          • AOrange

            Pretty sure its on there page, you can also contact them for more in depth info. I think maybe the Arthritis Foundation, National Lupus Association, and the Fibromyalgia Association of America , but I’m not a 100% sure.

          • painkills2

            I was more looking for the corporate dollars behind this patent and product (as described in the great Seattle Times article).

          • AOrange

            How is lab testing done in New Mexico? Any quality high CBD and THC strains that are regularly tested? We forgot that in Colorado and most shops are just cannabis shops, real medicine should be deemed safe and have levels per compound listed. If unknown who knows if its beneficial or harmful? Crazy idea huh?

          • painkills2

            There appears to be one lab testing place in Albuquerque, which a few of the producers utilize. And yet, even when I have that THC/CBD percentage, I cannot compare it to other medicine I’ve purchased that had no testing at all. I am still skeptical of the THC claims, even if testing was allegedly performed. A product testing at 20% THC should be a lot stronger than it actually is.

            There’s been some talk in New Mexico political circles about making testing mandatory, but things work really slowly here. The state will perform testing only if there is a complaint of mold. Heck, I don’t think I’d know what moldy bud looked like if I saw it. The producers are free to test, if they wanna, and it appears most don’t wanna.

          • Sarijuana

            PK2, you need to try another dispensary. I agree that 20% should be stronger, and I don’t believe everything being sold as 20% really is. As with everything, there are rip-offs out there. But don’t underestimate the power of terpenes. While they hold the key to the good aroma, they also have huge medicinal properties. Go for the aroma!

          • painkills2

            That’s what I did. This time. I went for the kush aroma. And you’re right, great-smelling bud makes a difference. Heck, I practice a form of aromatherapy, so I know all about the importance of smell. I would prefer that the good smell came with the strength so I wouldn’t have to smoke as much, that’s all. Burning some blueberry muffin scent right now, and it smells better than the real thing!

            And try yet ANOTHER producer/dispensary? Looks like I’m going to have to try them all, unfortunately. Yeah, I got a stash of 100 dollar bills under my mattress and a money tree planted in my closet so that I can do just that. :)

          • AOrange

            We have a few great private labs in CO that seem to give true numbers, for sure a few that inflate numbers and seem to be in the pockets of several multistate companies that have production facility’s in the state. Just odd I have to find a lab and pay to find out what’s in my meds.

          • Sarijuana

            I’m a big proponent of testing. There must be more than one lab. My dispensary’s lab is not in Albuquerque. Testing isn’t required by law, but reputable growers do test. How can we know what works best without some factual guidance?

          • AOrange

            I agree completely. This is really medicine for me, but certain compounds really help me aside from THC , so to have numbers would be very helpful. As well as elimnating shops who dont flush, add heavy metal bud builder, often pesticide in flower, all things that make a beneficial plant very toxic. Things are moving slow, but I hope the MMJ industry as a whole starts producing “medicine” , not just boost thc levels to win awards. I’d love see major pharmacies compete in RX cups, lol. As a genuine patient, cups and awards do not help to legitimize MMJ and really have no place in medicine.

          • Kayt6988

            We feel the same way here in Michigan.

          • Kayt6988

            We feel the same way here in Michigan.

          • painkills2

            I think the quality of bud differs immensely from region to region. Even in New Mexico, you find different quality in the north than the south. With growers and patients being so underground, still, how does one find out where the good medicine is? Anyone interested in the lay of the land in New Mexico should check out nmcannabisreviews.com. It’s a fairly new website, but it’s the only one I’ve found with real information.

    • AOrange

      As far as I know it true, the couple shops i called in New Mexico confirmed it to be true.

      • painkills2

        I think I’d want more of a confirmation than what the producers say. Unfortunately, the answers I’ve received from producers to numerous questions have not always been correct.

  • Bob

    Jersey?

    • Sarijuana

      nope. but I just went to my HS reunion back in Jersey and observed – if you can’t find weed in Jersey, something is really wrong. LOL

  • http://www.radicalruss.com Russ Belville

    I think this is inaccurate. I believe Montana repealed reciprocity in its “repeal lite” bill.

    MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org has a fabulous resource here: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881 According to it, reciprocity for medical marijuana cards exists in Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada (4/1/2014), New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

    • Youknowit

      No longer reciprocity in Delaware.

  • Sarijuana

    I spoke with a former NM State Senator who worked on the Lynn & Eric Compassionate Use Act, which got the ball rolling in NM. She said that there wasn’t even any talk about reciprocity when they were writing the law. She said there weren’t enough states with MedCan at the time, so it didn’t really come up. I plan on finding someone to revisit this. DPA is here to help so I’ll start with them. A winter project! If I was a Marijuana Patient and wanted to visit the Southwest, and knew I could bring my own to AZ or CO, I would probably skip NM. Not good.

    • shadows

      I just moved to silver city. This place is a gem that would totally be able to grow with mmj tourism. I would love to back something myself.

  • Den of Earth

    The first thing I thought of was reciprocity of conceal carry permits for guns when I read this post.

    • painkills2

      So, let’s compare the two. Do you have info on reciprocity between the states for concealed guns?

      • Den of Earth
      • THX 1138

        “Do you have info on reciprocity between the states for concealed guns?” The correct answer is some yes and some no. A catch,, some states will issue a non-resident CCW ( ie; Fl.) and some will not. Some will accept a non-resident CCW from Fl and some will only accept a resident CCW. Two different permits. Also, not only do you need to be aware of State regs., ie; nothing above 9 mm, no hollow points, etc. You must also be aware of local requirements, like in Cities. I’ll use NY as an example,, You can live on Long Island NY and have a CCW and it is also good in upstate NY, but it is not excepted in NYC (local jurisdiction laws). But to get from L.I to upstate you must pass through NYC, not good. This is common throughout the nation. So you must be aware of both State and Local Regs. Now as to MMJ, Some states have, some do not, and now some localities are enacting their own standards within an MMJ state. This is an evolving scenario taking place throughout the nation as it has with CCW’s. With a MMJ card one must be aware of all aspects and liabilities. As with a CCW, if found you will be taken in for verification, which can be time consuming and may cause a delay in your travels. What pisses me off is the fact that I can have a Rx for Hydro-Morphine and carry it were ever I go. But if I have a MMJ recommendation (not a Rx) and a State Issued Card, I can not. So when MMJ becomes an Rx all these problems go away.
        Just my 2.375 cents.

        • AOrange

          I hope so, very strange being a med patient, yet on background checks it ask “Have you or do you use illegal drugs? Marijuana included”? If you care enough to answer truly it’s very unfair. But then again most check no, because gunshops aren’t allowed to drug test anyway. Such strange and antiquated laws….

        • painkills2

          I was just wondering what happens to gun owners if they are convicted of a drug offense. Do they still get to keep their guns?

  • Teresa Sprague

    I wish that Iowa would legalize at least medical marijuana, with my multiple myeloma leukemia I could use it for appetite cuz just don’t feel like eating. And I stead of every 4 hours taking a 10/325 mg hydrocodone. I need some backing here please.

    • boris

      The Governor (Branstad) will never allow medical marijuana. After all, this putz has the distinction of vetoing Iowa’s first Acupuncture Law in 1992.

    • painkills2

      Maybe your doctor could prescribe some Marinol? There’s a small chance that could help your appetite.
      Also look at medications that are used for anorexia, maybe?
      http://www.mpp.org/states/iowa/

    • AOrange

      I finally found a great med company in Colorado that takes different comounds and puts them in patch form. Although the basic THC version wont be available to you, the thc-a, CBD, and CBN will be available throughout the Usa late December the company says. Marysmedicinals.com will provide you more info. Hope this helpful to you:-) Should at least help educate on the benfits of non psychoactive compounds in Cannabis.

    • juniorspencer

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      • ShadowViperHissatsu

        its legal in washington state as long as you are 21 do i still need a card still?

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    • joseph

      I want some

      • juniorspencer

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      • gonzaloramos

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    • Kelso

      What area you in?

  • AOrange

    If anyone could provide a list of States that Colorado card holders are allowed as temp patient’s that would be greatly appreciated. I would love to travel again and have access to meds without being viewed as a criminal.

  • juniorspencer

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  • shadows

    Can mmj card holders trade medicine in nm.

  • Kelso

    So I’m from Wa and have my WA issued green card. I’m in Tucson for a vacation and was told I was able to go to a dispensary and use my card for a limited time. But when I went to a dispensary they said I was no way allowed to use their services. Help me! I’m going on day three without smoking and the withdrawals are awful. Please help me!

  • juniorspencer

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  • Mary Miller

    was wondering, since I too have a Medmj card from Oregon, if I travel to washington state, will I have problems? a good portion of my family still lives in the state. And what about purchasing there? What would I need?

  • joe

    What other states is my michigan card Valid in?

  • Heather Riggs

    I have a NM card, what other states or online sites can I purchase from?

  • Youknowit

    I was just told by Delaware that they are no longer accepting out of state cards.