Jan 252010
 January 25, 2010

A question that I often get is ‘Do other states recognize my medical marijuana card, and if so, how much can I bring?’ Currently, Montana, Michigan, and Rhode Island recognize out of state medical marijuana cards. This is a legal term know as reciprocity, or a ‘reciprocal agreement’ between states. ***Note — Michigan does not have a reciprocity clause in their law, but they recognize ‘qualified out of state patients,’ which has the same effect.*** The other 11 medical marijuana states (Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey) have no reciprocal agreements at this time. However, people from these states can travel to Montana, Michigan, and Rhode Island and they will be protected. Of course, you will be traveling through states that don’t even have medical marijuana programs, so be advised. Also, you can’t bring it on a plane, regardless of new federal guidelines. You are a felony waiting to happen. YOU CAN GO TO THAT STATE AND ‘OBTAIN’ IT LEGALLY THOUGH!!!!!!!!!

I can see the next question forming in reader’s minds, ‘If I’m in Montana, Michigan, or Rhode Island, does that mean that I am under MY state’s limits?’ The answer is a resounding NO. To put it into perspective, we will use the example of a driver’s license. All 50 states have reciprocal agreements with each other when it comes to driver’s licenses. Despite these agreements, which state’s speed limits do you follow when you are in Montana? Montana’s of course, and medical marijuana reciprocal agreements are no different. Montana allows 1 dried ounce per patient, Michigan allows 2.5 ounces, and Rhode Island also allows up to 2.5 ounces.

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  • Cut UR Hair

    I hope that if some dumb stoner tries to take their ‘medicine’ to another state, the feds catch their ass and throw them away for good, along with the illegal mexicans

    • Grown in Fresno

      Cut UR Hair…..
      I wonder what your “high, feel good, vice, ‘habit’ , drink etc” is.
      The majority of pot users have and are receiving benefits from using.
      I myself have gone from a 6 pack plus a night drinking habit, to a beer maybe every few weeks.
      I do agree we need to fix our “illegals” problem.

    • Teri

      I hope you aren’t talking about those who in the worst pain managable way.  Drug addicts who use drugs as a recreation, they need help.  The ones who use drugs just so they can feel a bit normal for at least a short period time then try to understand they are not a dumb stoner.  Becareful of your judgment of others.

    • Teri

      I hope you aren’t talking about those who in the worst pain managable way.  Drug addicts who use drugs as a recreation, they need help.  The ones who use drugs just so they can feel a bit normal for at least a short period time then try to understand they are not a dumb stoner.  Becareful of your judgment of others.

  • http://www.TheBongGirl.com drew adams

    It is a travesty that one can not take medicine declared legal by the government in certain states.

    We must stop this madness once and for all.

    Also for the life of me how can the DEA have any jurisdiction (sp) over Hemp. It is not a drug.

    How come no one is suing them or forcing it to be legal.

    I don’t think the petro-chemical companies have that much to worry about (well they do).

    thanks,
    The Bong girl dot com aka drew adams

  • scjewel

    Cutur hair is probably one of those people who say we are fighting in Iraq for freedom yet he would trample upon my freedom to choose. A true free society does not tell others how to live thier lives. As long as you are not causing harm to others you should be free to do as you please with your own bodies in your own home.

    • Law abiding citizen

      We are fighting for freedom in iraq. And your statement of a free society not telling people how to live their lives has never happened and will never happen. Oh, and saddam was causing harm to others! Also, you should look at what the consequences of having these laws are and not just support them blindly. I believe that they might be ok, but only a few more years of statistics will actually tell how they have worked! And your freedom to choose? Choose what? Death of another person? What happened to as long as I don’t hurt others? Your arguments are full of hypocrisy and it is obvious they weren’t thought out. But then, that’s what you get from a stoner!

      • chad509medical

        You my law abiding citizen, “are a close minded, under educated idiot “. Think before you speak. Marijuana has been given a bad note from idiots like you. You’d rather see people take opiates? Case you didn’t know its a pain med/narcotic. Can you think of any herbals that have killed someone from taking them? Unlike pain meds. Tell me how you harm others by taking a herbal? Not everyone smokes marijuana. Its vaporized, and also eaten. Your someone who probably doesn’t vote. But bitches about the laws. Hypocrite!

        • Connie Arndt

          I have been taking Morphene for 6 years, when they made medical marajuana I took myself off the morphene. Wich morphene destroys youre liver, medical marajuana pills destroys NOTHING, now you tell me which one is worse for me!! You don’t even know what you are even running youre mouth about

          • Connie Arndt

            That statement is toward Cut ur Hair only!!!!

      • spike heels

        We went to Iraq so George Bush could have a vanity war to possibly increase his popularity and give him “political capital”. Read his ghost written autobiography if you don’t believe me. He wanted political capital to destroy Social Security. Destroying Social Security was his lone issue when he ran for Congress in 1978.

  • Ty

    How is it that one can take true drugs (phrams) on the plane for pain or ailments or even alcohol, but not MMJ, does that mean I only have pain or ailments in my own legal state? I guess I’am only sick in my state, how is this fair. How is it that someone else gets to decide how I take care of myself, what happened to our freedoms? How do we get them back… Oh yeah, Vote them out in next election, Save the WEED save the PLANET

  • JP

    Maine also now has a reciprocal agreement.

  • bbryan

    Is anyone aware of any other states working on reciprocity? I would be interested to know, I have been looking into it but am coming up short on my research.

  • Dawg

    Cut UR hair,
    So a terminally ill cancer patient That takes half the dose of morphine they did before med mj is a stoner? This judgmental attitude towards med MJ is what makes the truly suffering continue to suffer.
    I really hope that nothing happens to you that would require you to need med marijuana, Then your eyes would be truly opened…but to wish something like that on you would be unchristian.
    Research and get a clue. Just because you have an uneducated opinion doesn’t mean you need to post it :p
    This article has nothing to do with recreational use….its for people with real illnesses and have a real need for unhindered safe access to a holistic medicine.

    • Teri

      I have tried prescription drugs and I am scared of what they will do to my kidneys/liver.  I am planning  on getting my assoc. in drug and alcohol addiction.  I hate what drugs can do to a person.  Now I have severe back problems, no insurance, need surgery with a poor chance of it working for me.  Now my doctor wants to put me on mj.  I don’t like drugs but I can bairly move due to my back.  Functional scurliosis, disenegrating disc, bulging disc, narrowing of spine and bone spurs all up and down my back.  Here is the kicker, I am a full blown christian I won’t do anything that is illegal.  All I can do is pray and hope when I go to minissota to see my son, I won’t get arrested.  Ironically, I can take bottles of vicadine and fly anywhere.  Why not mj.

      • Ray2040207

         tonics and edibles are hard to spot or smell and will take care of pain very well ;^)

    • Teri

      I have tried prescription drugs and I am scared of what they will do to my kidneys/liver.  I am planning  on getting my assoc. in drug and alcohol addiction.  I hate what drugs can do to a person.  Now I have severe back problems, no insurance, need surgery with a poor chance of it working for me.  Now my doctor wants to put me on mj.  I don’t like drugs but I can bairly move due to my back.  Functional scurliosis, disenegrating disc, bulging disc, narrowing of spine and bone spurs all up and down my back.  Here is the kicker, I am a full blown christian I won’t do anything that is illegal.  All I can do is pray and hope when I go to minissota to see my son, I won’t get arrested.  Ironically, I can take bottles of vicadine and fly anywhere.  Why not mj.

  • johhny1

    I dont waste too much time with comments from folk like archie bunker up in the comments

    The truth is Medical MJ Is here to stay! Yes the people have figured out a way to circumvent archaic drug laws
    this pisses alot of people off ! some so bad they really have a look of horror!
    I enjoy those moments the most!

    you have to admit cannabis has intoxicating powers over alot of people , especially the ones who dont indulge
    So plane travel is possible , some get arrested on purpose to challenge fed drug laws

    Im pretty sure it was Eddy Lepp ,

    So just like every other state it has to be fought tooth and nail until they either run out of resources or they have to obey the very laws they uphold even if they dont like it.

    I gotta go trim !

  • Shiner69er

    So, what about special brownies?? Anyone ever try flying with vaccuum packed “brownies”? Just wondering if its worth the try.

    • Wifeofcancer

      I am interested too! What did u find out?

  • Robert

    Can someone with a Oregon medical marijuana card designate someone in California
    to grow their marijuana?

  • Central CA 215 Patient

    Wow ! I Totally agree !
    No, really, I have gone to NV on many occasions, and smoked- I have even had Police officers check me out ! After talking with them, they went their way, and I stayed in the out-of-the way spot, and finished medicating!
    Most people, ESPECIALLY Police officers, understand that some 45-yr old w/a bad back isn’t just “some pothead”, and a lot even understand the truth, even though they are forced to uphold the law. So, basically, I’m saying-keep it “on the D/L”, be courteous and respectful, DO NOT go bopping down the streets, DIPSTICK !
    You MAY still get a ticket(<1 oz.), but that will probably depend on your attitude, and how you comport* yourself, more than anything.
    *=look it up, bumpkin !

  • Dave

    I am and always have been a law abiding citizen. I have never even had a speeding ticket. I’m a 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran with many health problems including three back operations, knee replacements, severe migraines 20-25 times a month…and that’s just a small sample of my health issues. I have been taking pain meds for many years, nothing helping much. My doctor suggested I seek a Medical Marijuana Doctor as a last resort. I haven’t smoked the stuff since I was in my teens.
    I was just approved in my State for Medical Marijuana use and will meet with a caregiver next week. I am very nervous about this.
    How dare people judge others using this legally for severe conditions. I’m hoping this stuff will work for me soI can discontinue using legalprescription narcotics. This is not something I’m proud of and definately won’t share this information with people Iknow in fear of being judged.
    It’s a shame that there is so much abuse of the system with people being prescribed medical marijuana just so they can get high….when they don’t really need it. Hell, I’m afraid to use it but I want to live my lifein less pain. Imay try this and not like it. Idefinately will NOT abuse it, drive while under the influence or smoke in public. I’m actually ashamed that I have to resort to this.

    • Marylcastaneda

       My husb an amputee n a retired USMC vet in ur exact same position and thoughts of mind . He too is ashamed of having to resort to MM too because He Is a proud man n law abiding man We are in a legal dilema when we lv Calif . There has to be a more honorable way for our country’s heroes to live w pain free dignity w/o the terror of an arrest n jail. Hey u men did ur time for our country’s freedoms n yet u have none

      • Spenser Haley

        Im waiting on my disability claim to process. I am a 25year old Afghamistan veteran live in so cal and medicate mulitple times a day. This plant is a god send. I can leave the house again. Ptsd is a bitch.

      • Spenser Haley

        Tell your husband that he shouldnt be afraid of relief. Prayers go out to him and you. HOOAH

    • maggiemae

      Use oil or tincture for better results for pain.

  • Marylcastaneda

     While on vacation to Wash DC n New york city is it safe to say a California medical Marijuana card will not be honored in those states to be purchase medicinal marijuana legally? What are legal alternatives Please be very specific

  • Teri

    I live in Arizona and they have passed the medical marijuana.  My doctor is in the process of getting my application accepted as he is the one who wants me to use marijuana over the other pain pills I am currently on.  He see’s vicadine as a danger to my liver/kidneys.  Marijuana will help with the severe back pain I have and let me go off of the pain pills.  I am going to Minissota to be with my son for a few weeks.  He doesn’t know if its legal to fly with the marijuana or if Minissota allows me to bring in marijuana.  Does anyone have an answer?

    Signed, TEB

  • Teri

    I live in Arizona and they have passed the medical marijuana.  My doctor is in the process of getting my application accepted as he is the one who wants me to use marijuana over the other pain pills I am currently on.  He see’s vicadine as a danger to my liver/kidneys.  Marijuana will help with the severe back pain I have and let me go off of the pain pills.  I am going to Minissota to be with my son for a few weeks.  He doesn’t know if its legal to fly with the marijuana or if Minissota allows me to bring in marijuana.  Does anyone have an answer?

    Signed, TEB

    • Ronald_huntington

      Hi Teri I am in the same situation I have sever nerve damage in both of my arms and a bad back injury from serving in the Army. I am moving from Michigan where I have a card and going to California so I am trying to find out if I can bring marijuana with me until I can get a new card in California.

  • Biggmacc

    If your need of weed is doctor prescribed and medically necessary, I find it difficult to believe any state would incarcerate you for medicating a dire medical problem. The unknown then becomes where do they draw the line between a valid and not so valid reason. If you are really ill, they would be reticent to put it to a court of public opinion. If you are not… it might get really bad for you.

  • David

    does arizona have an mmj reciprocity agreement? i was under the impression that they are due to prop. 203.

  • http://alternet.com/ George Schmitt

    Mucho Gracias!

  • Grandpa Don

    I flew to KC Missouri in April for turkey hunting season. I live in Portland Oregon and I have my Medical Marijuana Card. I flew back to Missouri with an ounce of my Medical Marijuana, no problem. At KC, when I was flying home, the Rent a Cops at the airport busted me I had a small monkey pipe, less than a gram of my medicine and a lighter.
    The KC Police confiscated my MM, pocketed my pipe and lighter.
    I received a “Possession of Marijuana ticket, NO Possession of Paraphernalia ticket.
    The police made me feel like a felon. I’m 63, married 45 year’s, never received a citation for anything. I have never been arrested for any crime.
    I wish I could face our fearless leader and ask him why he smoked it when he did. I’m thinking about trudging to the White House and telling my Country’s leader that we want our Freedom to feel half way normal again.. Wow, is that asking a lot???
    Getting OLD is Awesome but it sure does hurt!
    G

  • Chrissy

    Trave ing frrom Fllint f Michigan to Illinois by train,any concerns?I do have my MM.

  • Gojam10

    Montana dispensaries are telling me they no longer accept california patients, Is this tru

  • Alex

    I live close to Ohio, but in Michigan, can I use my Michigan med card and buy from a dispensary in Ohio?

    • JessePinkman

      Um, you got that backwards. There no dispensaries in Ohio, that’s for sure. I live in Ohio and I’m trying to buy the shit from Michigan.

  • danielle

    Is there a problem traveing from WA state to Hawaii and then within the Hawaiin islands if i have a medical card from WA?

  • JustBill1931

    To Danielle (and anyone else thinking of travelling to Hawaii):

    My wife and I just got back from Hawaii about a month ago. At the time of our visit, the Hawaiian legislature was still debating as to whether or not Hawaii will accept out of state cards. Currently, the answer is still no. That being said, my understanding is there is a bill in the Hawaiian State Senate to modify the laws to allow for out of state cards, but for now you will not be covered by your card. If you are caught, you may be prosecuted under Hawaiian State law. Also, the minimum requirements for obtaining a Hawaiian card is six months residency and proof of a qualifying condition. My wife and I live in Arizona (we both have cards) and here, there is a constant debate and “tweaking” of the rules for medical marijuana. Our solution was to simply pack tinctures in unrelated, opaque containers. Think small, less than 2 oz. of liquid. The TSA (a.k.a. Security Checkpoint) is looking for bombs and anything that might bring down a commercial aircraft. Small bottles or small amounts of wrapped edibles should pose no threat and won’t raise a red flag. I personally wear contacts so the “solution” (pun intended) for me was easy. Under no circumstances should you bring anything on the plane in your carry on. Yes its a long ass flight, but its better than missing your flight and they still have wonderful little bottles of liquid happiness (a.k.a. vodka). The security staff can and will open and sniff every bottle and container you bring on the plane if they wish to. While Washington and several others have been enlightened to the benefits of alternative treatments to whatever ails you, it is still a Federal offense to possess marijuana and/or its extracts, and last time I checked, the airlines and the TSA are still regulated by the feds. If you are feeling paranoid, you might just be better off with mainstream meds. Also, if you travel with mainstream meds, make sure you bring the whole bottle with your name, pharmacy, doctor, etc. on it. Pill boxes with no labels WILL get confiscated. They WILL go through your bags. If everything looks “normal”, they will move onto the next bag. My best advice: Take you card, pack edibles and tinctures in your checked bag, but leave your buds at home. Your card will not work anywhere on Hawaii except the back alley and we all know the hazards of buying off of unknown street vendors. Hawaii is moving in the right direction, but for now, its still a “back room deal”. Hope this helps…
    Bill

  • alexa

    i heard rhode island will take a california medical card but i called them and they told me no? what other states for sure would take my card near new jersey, also list me a few good dispensaries pleaseeee please email me at sexiilexii80@yahoo.com i really need to kno

  • Jay

    Ok I was traveling thru Ohio and got pulled over and I told the cop I had it and I have my medical but he gave me a ticket and took it am going to court for this because I don’t feel he should have