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Six states currently accept medical pot cards from other states

Starter plants in Oregon. (Cannabadger.com)
Starter plants in Oregon. (Cannabadger.com)

My last post looked at the numbers of out of state patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), which, through litigation in 2010, is open to patients nationwide. Wisconsin patients represent a growing part of the OMMP ranking in the higher end of program statistics.

In addition to the protections offered in-state to Wisconsin patients holding out of state authorizations such as the Oregon card or a California recommendation, a number of state medical cannabis programs accept out of state medical cannabis cards including Oregon cards.

According to the website ProCon.org, of 23 states and Washington D.C. with legal medical cannabis, six currently honor other state’s medical cannabis program ID cards. The states with reciprocity currently are Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Here are details on states that accept other states’ registry ID cards:

Arizona: Yes, However, out of state patients are not allowed to obtain marijuana from a state dispensary.

Maine: Yes “Law enforcement will accept appropriate authorization from a participating state, but that patient cannot purchase marijuana in Maine without registering here. That requires a Maine physician and a Maine driver license or other picture ID issued by the state of Maine. The letter from a physician in another state is only good for 30 days.” (Aug. 19, 2010 email from Maine’s Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services per ProCon.org)

Michigan: Yes. The Office of Communications in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs told ProCon.org in an Oct.30, 2014 email: “The law says that cards from other states are recognized. However, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program does not have any control over enforcement of that section of the statute.”

Nevada: Yes. As of Apr. 1, 2014, Nevada accepts other states’ registry ID cards with an affidavit. Visiting patients can only obtain cannabis from one dispensary.

However, Nevada regulations might exclude a Wisconsin patient holding Wisconsin ID and an Oregon card seeking to obtain medical cannabis in Nevada:

Out-of-state residents may obtain medical marijuana in Nevada under the following conditions:

The non-resident has a valid, non-expired medical marijuana card from his/her home state, and

The non-resident’s home state exempts cardholders from criminal prosecution for medical marijuana use, and

The law of the non-resident’s home state requires that physicians advise patients that medical marijuana use may help their symptoms as a precondition to the state issuing patients a medical marijuana card, and

The non-resident’s home state maintains a database through which Nevada authorities may verify his/her card’s validity. (NRS 372A)

Note that the non-resident must abide by Nevada’s rules regarding quotas for possessing medical marijuana. it is irrelevant whether his/her home state allows cardholders to possess more medical marijuana than Nevada does. — Las Vegas Defense Group

New Hampshire: Yes, per ProCon.org but with no details. The New Hampshire program is still in the process of licensing dispensaries. According to the NH medical cannabis program website, “The Department plans to begin issuing registry identification cards to patients approximately 6 weeks prior to an ATC being operational and open for business and will post an announcement on its website when it is ready to begin to accept qualifying patient and caregiver applications.”

Rhode Island: Yes, but only for the conditions approved in state: (Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or the treatment of these conditions; A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating, chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease; or agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease; or any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health.)

ProCon.org states, “If you have a medical marijuana registry identification card from any other state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia you may use it in Rhode Island. It has the same force and effect as a card issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health.”

 

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