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New York State Medical Marijuana Reciprocity List

*NORML Medical Laws Outline

Last updated on 01/06/2022 What Is Medical Cannabis Reciprocity? Medical marijuana reciprocity simply refers to whether or not each state has reciprocal (equal) laws with regards to whether patients can legally purchase medical marijuana when they are not in their home state where the card was issued. Some states have reciprocity with other states, but others require tourists to get a new card which is only valid in the state where they are traveling to.

  • What states have reciprocity with New York? Every state is different, laws vary widely, please read carefully. Below you will find states with specific requirements, laws, and registration processes. We have listed all states where both medical and recreational marijuana sales, possession and consumption are legal for visitors and residents. States with legal recreational marijuana:

Alaska California Colorado Connecticut Illinois Maine Massachusetts Michigan Montana Nevada New York New Jersey New Mexico Northern Mariana Islands Oregon Virginia Vermont Washington State Washington D.C States with legal medical marijuana:

  • Alabama State Medical Marijuana Laws Senate Bill 46 — Passed by the Senate on Feb. 24, 2021 (20-10); Passed by the House on May 6, 2021 (68-34); Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on May 17, 2021 State Website: Alabama Department of Public Health Effective: May 17, 2021 Possession and Cultivation Limits* Usable Marijuana: up to 70 daily dosages Approved Conditions* “a. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). b. Cancer-related cachexia, nausea or vomiting, weight loss, or chronic pain. c. Crohn’s Disease. d. Depression. e. Epilepsy or a condition causing seizures. f. HIV/AIDS-related nausea or weight loss. g. Panic disorder. h. Parkinson’s disease. i. Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to pregnancy, cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome, or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. j. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). SB46 k. Sickle Cell Anemia. l. Spasticity associated with a motor neuron disease, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. m. Spasticity associated with Multiple Sclerosis or a spinal cord injury. n. A terminal illness. o. Tourette’s Syndrome. p. A condition causing chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or has proved ineffective” *Please consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits and the current list of approved conditions.

  • Arkansas

Only Arkansas residents are eligible for the Registry ID card for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program. You may apply as a visiting patient. See the visiting patient application here. A visiting patient application is $50.00 (non-refundable). If approved a visiting patient may purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas for a 30-day period, per application. “Visiting qualifying patient” means a patient with a qualifying medical condition who is not a resident of Arkansas or who has been a resident of Arkansas for less than 30 days and who is in actual possession of a registry identification card or its equivalent that is issued under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the United States and pertains to a qualifying medical condition under this section. For more information, visit

  • Guam

Until dispensaries are operational, it seems as though visiting patients who are at least 21 years old would have to attempt to procure gifted cannabis from those who cultivate it at home and that minors would be unable to access it. While minors can be registered as patients, the 2019 cannabis legalization law does not provide for the transfer of cannabis to those under the age of 21, regardless of patient status. Once dispensaries are open, access to medical cannabis will become easier for visitors. In 2018, Guam’s medical cannabis law was amended to remove the residency requirement for qualified patients. Visiting patients may register with the DPHSS by obtaining a written certification from a Guamanian healthcare practitioner, completing a qualified patient registration form, and paying the $15 registration fee. Cards will not be required to participate in the program. For more information, visit

  • Georgia April 16, 2015: use of low-THC CBD oil legalized for medical use, but in-state cultivation, production, and sale remains illegal.[40] Medical Program is very strict. Unsure of reciprocity, likely none.

  • Hawaii

For a $49.50 application fee, out-of-state patients can apply for registration up to 60 days before visiting. Using an online registration system, qualified patients can quickly obtain an electronic registration card. The state requires applicants to submit an ID and their medical cannabis registration from their home state. This system allows out-of-state patients to register before arriving in Hawaii, so they can purchase from certified dispensaries once they are in the state. The registration card is valid for 60 days, and patients can apply twice in a calendar year. For more information, visit

  • Maine

A qualifying visiting patient may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of a combination of medical marijuana and marijuana products every 15 days while visiting the state. The following states have provided the Office of Marijuana Policy with sufficient information to allow qualified medical marijuana patients visiting Maine to use their state-issued medical marijuana patient credential to obtain medical marijuana while visiting Maine: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit

  • Maryland

If a patient from out of state is in Maryland for medical treatment, they can register to receive medical marijuana, but the state does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. For more information, visit Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission: Registration.

  • Michigan

Michigan treats medical marijuana visitors the same way they treat locals; possession of up to 2.5 ounces is legal in the state as is consumption *if* consumption is kept low-key. Public consumption is strictly prohibited. You might be able to purchase medical cannabis from a dispensary with an out-of-state card, but it is up to the shop so be sure to call around before visiting. For more information, visit as well as and also,9306,7-386-79575---,00.html

  • Nevada

Out-of-state medical marijuana patients can use their medical marijuana registration card to purchase medical marijuana (and save around 10 percent on cannabis tax). For more information, visit

  • New Hampshire

You are only legally allowed to possess cannabis for medicinal purposes, so no purchasing within the state. For more information, visit He-C 401.16 Visiting Qualifying Patients and

  • New Mexico

On August 5, 2019, a New Mexico judge ruled that the state’s Department of Health has to issue medical cannabis cards to non-residents because of how the state redefined “qualified patient” when it amended the Compassionate Use Act in March 2019. However, the Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has intervened in this lawsuit on the premise that it was not the intent of the New Mexico regulations to allow any non-resident to obtain a medical cannabis card in the state. Rather, the intent was to provide a traditional reciprocity program through which residents from other states could access New Mexico’s program with a registry ID card or its equivalent from another state. This case is ongoing, so it is important to follow updates on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website. Reciprocity regulations must be in place by March 1, 2020. 2021: recreational marijuana signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, effective June 29, 2021; commercial sales to begin April 1, 2022.[98]

  • Oklahoma

A medical marijuana temporary adult patient license allows an individual with a valid medical marijuana license from another state to legally buy, use, and grow medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in Oklahoma. For more information, visit

  • Pennsylvania

At this time Pennsylvania does not have a medical marijuana reciprocity program. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has begun a process of implementation. For more information, visit

  • Puerto Rico

The US territory of Puerto Rico has an emerging medical cannabis industry that is welcoming to visiting tourists who possess valid medical marijuana cards from their home states. Puerto Rico allows medical cannabis reciprocity and sales to any registered U.S. patient. For more information, visit and and

  • Rhode Island

If you have an out-of-state cannabis authorization, be sure to check-off the following boxes before you attempt to purchase cannabis in Rhode Island:

  1. Bring two forms of government ID.

  2. You must be in a state database that tracks sales (WA, OR, CA, NV, AK, HI, MT, CO, NM, ND, AR, IL, MI, OH, PA, NY, MD, DE, RI, MA, & DC).

  3. You’ll be limited to 2.5 ounces or an equivalent concentrate form every 15 days.

  • Washington D.C.

Marijuana, both medical and recreational, is legal in D.C., so long as you are an adult over 21. Possession limits are one oz of flower, 16 oz of edibles, 72 oz of liquid and 7 oz of concentrate. For more information, visit and States with where marijuana is ILLEGAL: Indiana Idaho Iowa Kansas Kentucky Mississippi Nebraska North Carolina South Carolina *Georgia Texas Wisconsin Wyoming 3. Here’s a checklist to help medical cannabis users stay safe and stress-free during travel:

  • Always have your medical cannabis card with you, along with all documentation.

  • Be completely familiar with state laws in the states you are traveling to, including possession limits for your preferred type(s) of cannabis products.

  • Call ahead to local dispensaries if you think you will need to purchase more cannabis on the road.

  • Travel by car whenever possible.

  • Keep your cannabis in the original container and with a receipt.

  • Do not travel internationally with cannabis.

More helpful travel tips can be found at: Sources for Further Reading:

*NOTE* Last updated on 01/06/2022 Get My NY MMJ Card ⮕ We are here for you through every step of the process. Reach out to us if you need assistance.

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