The mutual exchange of privileges between individuals, businesses, states, and nations. In the world of cannabis, laws of medical marijuana reciprocity refer to one state or nation recognizing written recommendations for medical cannabis from another. For example, a law passed in 2014 in Nevada allows for the state to recognize medical marijuana recommendations issued in other states, thereby enabling its tourist-driven economy.

Thanks to reciprocity, I can use my local medical marijuana authorization in some other states.

Hawaii allows reciprocity for medical marijuana patients, but you must make arrangements prior to visiting the state.

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Can I use my medical card in another state?

You may use your medical card in another state if that specific state has medical marijuana reciprocity laws. Dispensaries that accept out of state IDs are located within the states that maintain medical marijuana reciprocity laws. 

What states accept out of state MMJ cards?

Out of state medical marijuana cards are currently accepted in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

Each state maintains its own medical marijuana reciprocity laws, so check with the specific location before you present your out of state MMJ card. 

Can you get a medical card if you don't live in that state?

Attempting to obtain a medical card in another state can be risky, especially if medical marijuana is not legal in your home state. Bypassing your own state's laws by seeking a medical card from another state could result in charges for illegal possession and even drug trafficking. The only way to legally obtain a medical card is to be a legal resident of a state where medical marijuana is permitted. 

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