For 25 years, states have been implementing medical cannabis laws in the US in direct conflict with federal law. Americans for Safe Access helped create the state-by-state compassionate use programs as a triage to aid patients in finding safe cannabis products until we can change federal law to create a national program that includes prescriptions, standardized products, and a pathway for insurance coverage.

Over the years, we’ve made progress in easing the severity of the enforcement of federal cannabis laws.  However, medical cannabis remains illegal federally, preventing the locally licensed cannabis businesses that serve patients from operating as other businesses do and keeping these treatments out of reach for millions of Americans.

To date, 48 states and most US territories have passed laws allowing medical cannabis use in some form by qualifying patients. Of those states, some only allow access to CBD extracts of cannabis, but 37 states, the District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories have functional programs that include a range of cannabis products.

Americans for Safe Access works with patient advocates and stakeholders to pass functional medical cannabis laws in states that do not have them and to improve existing state medical cannabis programs. Be sure to sign up with us to get alerts about pending legislation in your area.

To date, 48 states and most US territories have passed laws allowing medical cannabis use in some form by qualifying patients. Of those states, some only allow access to CBD extracts of cannabis, but 37 states, the District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories have functional programs that include a range of cannabis products.

Americans for Safe Access works with patient advocates and stakeholders to pass functional medical cannabis laws in states that do not have them and to improve existing state medical cannabis programs. Be sure to sign up with us to get alerts about pending legislation in your area.

State By State Medical Cannabis Laws

Due to the ever-changing status of the various medical cannabis state laws and the federal prohibition of medical cannabis, it is important for patients and their caregivers to know their rights in any law enforcement encounter. ASA has created guides to help you assert your rights, reduce your risk in any law enforcement encounter, and tips on traveling safely.

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ASA State of the States Report

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ASA Model Federal Legislation

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Federal Briefing book

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ASA Policy Positions

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Resources for Advocates