Many of the same conditions are acknowledged as treatable by medical marijuana by the states that have legalized it, but not all states share the same progressive policies. Although MediThrive is based strictly out of California, we are determined to bring as much knowledge as possible to the dispensary experience, so get the specific details on qualifying conditions in ALL states in the below article, via Leafly.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana by State

By Bailey Rahn

Although cannabis remains illegal on the federal level in the United States, some individual states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes (and two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized cannabis both medically and recreationally).

Here’s a list of which states authorize medical marijuana for valid, qualified patients. Each entry includes a link to the state’s qualifying conditions, as well as a rundown of which medical conditions and symptoms must be verified by a physician in order to get authorized as a valid medical marijuana patient. Please note that some states allow physicians to approve other medical conditions not listed on a case-by-case basis, so check with your doctor. Please be aware that Leafly’s crowdsourced strain data does not constitute professional medical advice. See Leafly’s Terms of Use.

Alaska

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Pain
– Nausea
– Seizures
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry, or catch up on the latest Alaska cannabis news.

Arizona

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Pain
– Nausea
– Seizures
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis
– PTSD

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Arizona state legislature concerning medical marijuana, or catch up on the latest Arizona cannabis news.

California

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in California include:

– Cancer
– Anorexia
– AIDS
– Chronic pain
– Cachexia
– Persistent muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis
– Seizures, including, but not limited to, those associated with epilepsy
– Severe nausea
– Glaucoma
– Arthritis
– Migraines
– Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to California Proposition 215, with revised Senate Bill 420, or catch up on the latest California cannabis news.

Colorado

Although Colorado has implemented a legal recreational cannabis market, it still operates medical marijuana dispensaries for valid patients. Colorado medical marijuana patients still pay standard sales tax on cannabis but are exempt from the high excise taxes and additional state taxes collected from recreational cannabis sales.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Colorado include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Persistent muscle spasms
– Seizures
– Severe nausea
– Severe pain

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Colorado’s Debilitating Conditions for Medical Marijuana Use, or catch up on the latest Colorado cannabis news.

Connecticut

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Parkinson’s disease
– Multiple sclerosis
– Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
– Epilepsy
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Wasting syndrome
– Crohn’s disease
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Connecticut’s medical marijuana qualification requirements, or catch up on the latest Connecticut cannabis news.

Delaware

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Delaware include:

– Cancer
– HIV/AIDS
– Hepatitis C
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
– Alzheimer’s
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Intractable nausea
– Seizures
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Delaware’s medical marijuana program guidelines, or catch up on the latest Delaware cannabis news.

District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington, D.C. include:

– HIV/AIDS
– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Decompensated cirrhosis
– Alzheimer’s
– Seizure disorders
– Any condition diagnosed as “debilitating” by a licensed physician

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the District of Columbia’s Medical Marijuana Program Patient FAQ, or catch up on the latest Washington, D.C. cannabis news.

Florida

Florida only allows for the use of cannabis extracts that are low in THC and high in CBD, as well as allowing a legal defense for the use of low THC cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Florida include:

– Severe, debilitating epileptic conditions

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Florida Senate’s Bill Analysis, or catch up on the latest Florida cannabis news.

Georgia

Georgia only allows for the use of low THC oil (less than 5% THC by weight).

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Georgia include:

– Cancer
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma-related head injuries
– Multiple sclerosis
– Crohn’s disease
– Mitochondrial disease
– Parkinson’s disease
– Sickle cell disease

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to House Bill 1 (Haleigh’s Hope Act), or catch up on the latest Georgia cannabis news.

Hawaii

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Hawaii include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Pain
– Nausea
– Seizures
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Hawaii Senate Bill 862, or catch up on the latest Hawaii cannabis news.

Illinois

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois include:

– Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
– Alzheimer’s disease
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Arnold-Chiari malformation and syringomyelia
– Cachexia/wasting syndrome
– Cancer
– Causalgia
– Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
– Crohn’s disease
– CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I)
– CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)
– Dystonia
– Fibromyalgia (severe)
– Fibrous dysplasia
– Glaucoma
– Hepatitis C
– Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
– Hydrocephalus
– Interstitial cystitis
– Lupus
– Multiple sclerosis
– Muscular dystrophy
– Myasthenia gravis
– Myoclonus
– Nail-patella syndrome
– Neurofibromatosis
– Parkinson’s disease
– Post-concussion syndrome
– Residual limb pain
– Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
– Seizures
– Sjogren’s syndrome
– Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia & syringomelia)
– Spinal cord injury
– Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
– Tourette syndrome
– Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program’s FAQ, or catch up on the latest Illinois cannabis news.

Iowa

Iowa allows for the use of high-CBD cannabis extracts with less than .3% THC.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Iowa include:

– Intractable epilepsy

For a complete list of guidelines, please refer to Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act Quick Facts, or catch up on the latest Iowa cannabis news.

Kentucky

Kentucky allows for the use of low-THC cannabis or industrial hemp-derived CBD oil. Only those who are participating in a clinical trial or expanded access program are legally allowed to possess CBD oil.

For more information on accessing CBD in Kentucky, please refer to Senate Bill 124, or catch up on the latest Kentucky cannabis news.

Louisiana

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Louisiana include:

– Symptoms related to cancer
– Glaucoma
– Spastic quadriplegia

For more information on Louisiana’s medical marijuana law, please refer to Senate Bill 143, or catch up on the latest Louisiana cannabis news.

Maine

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Maine include:

– Chronic pain that has not responded to conventional therapy for more than six months
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Alzheimer’s
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Cancer
– Crohn’s disease
– Glaucoma
– Hepatitis C (active form)
– HIV
– Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
– Seizure disorders
– Severe muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms)
– Severe nausea

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Maine’s medical use of marijuana guidelines, or catch up on the latest Maine cannabis news.

Maryland

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Maryland include:

– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Severe, debilitating, or chronic pain
– Severe nausea
– Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
– Severe and persistent muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis
– Crohn’s disease
– Alzheimer’s
– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Hepatitis C

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Maryland Senate Bill 757, or catch up on the latest Maryland cannabis news.  

Massachusetts

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– AIDS
– Hepatitis C
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Crohn’s disease
– Parkinson’s disease
– Multiple sclerosis
– Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying physician.

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Massachusetts medical use of marijuana overview, or catch up on the latest Massachusetts cannabis news.

Michigan

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Michigan include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Hepatitis C
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
– Alzheimer’s
– Nail-patella syndrome
– Cachexia (wasting disease)
– Severe and chronic pain
– Severe nausea
– Seizures
– Epilepsy
– Muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Registry Program FAQ, or catch up on the latest Michigan cannabis news.

Minnesota

Minnesota does not allow for smokeable cannabis, only a 30-day supply of oils, edibles, and concentrates. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Minnesota include:

– Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
– Cancer
– Cachexia
– Crohn’s disease
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Seizures
– Severe and persistent muscle spasms
– Terminal illness
– Tourette syndrome
– Intractable pain*

*Recently recommended qualifying condition soon to be available for Minnesota patients.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health – Medical Cannabis, or catch up on the latest Minnesota cannabis news.

Mississippi

Mississippi allows access to CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Mississippi include:

– Debilitating epileptic seizure disorders

Patients must receive medical recommendations by a physician from the University of Mississippi Medical Center to participate in the clinical trial. For more information, please refer to House Bill 1231 or Harper Grace’s Law, or catch up on the latest Mississippi cannabis news.

Missouri

Missouri allows access to CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Missouri include:

– Intractable epilepsy

For more information, please refer to House Bill 2238, or catch up on the latest Missouri cannabis news.

Montana

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Montana include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Chronic pain
– Intractable nausea or vomiting
– Epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
– Multiple sclerosis
– Crohn’s disease
– Painful peripheral neuropathy
– A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Montana Code Annotated 2013, or catch up on the latest Montana cannabis news.

Nevada

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Nevada include:

– AIDS
– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– Condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces cachexia (general physical wasting and malnutrition)
– Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)
– Seizures (including epilepsy)
– Severe nausea
– Severe pain

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program, or catch up on the latest Nevada cannabis news.

New Hampshire

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Hampshire include:

– A chronic or terminal disease
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Severe pain
– Severe nausea/vomiting
– Seizures
– Severe, persistent muscle spasms

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to New Hampshire House Bill 573, or catch up on the latest New Hampshire cannabis news.

New Jersey

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey include:

– Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
– Multiple sclerosis
– Terminal cancer
– Muscular dystrophy
– Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
– Crohn’s disease
– Terminal illness if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life
– Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
– Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Cancer

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program, or catch up on the latest New Jersey cannabis news.

New Mexico

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Mexico include:

– Severe chronic pain
– Painful peripheral neuropathy
– Intractable nausea/vomiting
– Severe anorexia
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment
– Crohn’s disease
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– Multiple sclerosis
– Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
– Epilepsy
– HIV/AIDS
– Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
– Hospice patients

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program FAQ, or catch up on the latest New Mexico cannabis news.

New York

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New York include:

– Cancer
– Epilepsy
– HIV/AIDS
– Huntington’s disease
– Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
– Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
– Parkinson’s disease
– Multiple sclerosis (MS)
– Neuropathies
– Spinal cord damage

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the New York State Medical Marijuana Program FAQ, or catch up on the latest New York cannabis news.

North Carolina

North Carolina allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in North Carolina include:

– Intractable epilepsy

For more information, please refer to House Bill 1220, or catch up on the latest North Carolina cannabis news.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Oklahoma include:

– Must be under the age of 18 suffering from:

            – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
            – Dravet syndrome
            – Severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy
            – Any form of refractory epilepsy not treatable by traditional medical therapies

For more information, please refer to Katie and Cayman’s Law (House Bill 2154), or catch up on the latest Oklahoma cannabis news.

Oregon

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Oregon include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– Alzheimer’s
– HIV/AIDS
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Severe pain
– Severe nausea
– Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy
– Persistent muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, or catch up on the latest Oregon cannabis news.

Rhode Island

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Rhode Island include:

– Cancer
– Glaucoma
– HIV/AIDS
– Hepatitis C
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Chronic pain
– Severe nausea
– Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy
– Severe and persistent muscle spasms
– Multiple sclerosis
– Crohn’s disease
– Alzheimer’s

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana approved qualifying debilitating medical conditions, or catch up on the latest Rhode Island cannabis news.

South Carolina

South Carolina allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in South Carolina include:

– Certain forms of epilepsy as part of a state-run clinical trial

For more information, please refer to the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act, or catch up on the latest South Carolina cannabis news.

Tennessee

Tennessee allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Tennessee include:

– Intractable seizures (as part of a clinical research study)

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 280, or catch up on the latest Tennessee cannabis news.

Texas

Texas allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Texas include:

– Intractable epilepsy

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 339, or catch up on the latest Texas cannabis news.

Utah

Utah allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Utah include:

Intractable epilepsy

For more information, please refer to House Bill 105, or catch up on the latest Utah cannabis news.

Vermont

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Vermont include:

– Cancer
– AIDS/HIV
– Multiple sclerosis
– Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
– Severe pain
– Nausea
– Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Vermont patient marijuana registry FAQ, or catch up on the latest Vermont cannabis news.

Washington

Changes to Washington state’s marijuana laws via Senate Bill 5052 will result in the state’s medical marijuana industry being absorbed by its recreational cannabis market. These changes will go into full effect July 1, 2016. Until then, medical marijuana dispensaries will still be operational but are ultimately expected to close or incorporate themselves into an existing licensed retail cannabis shop.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington include:

– Cancer
– HIV/AIDS
– Multiple sclerosis
– Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
– Spasticity disorders
– Intractable pain
– Glaucoma
– Crohn’s disease
– Hepatitis C
– Diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Washington state legislature regarding medical cannabis, or catch up on the latest Washington state cannabis news.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin allows for the use of non-psychoactive CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Wisconsin include:

– Seizure disorders

For more information, please refer to Lydia’s Law (Act 267), or catch up on the latest Wisconsin cannabis news.

Wyoming

Wyoming allows for the use of CBD oil only. Qualifying conditions include:

– Intractable epilepsy

For more information, please refer to House Bill 32, or catch up on the latest Wyoming cannabis news.