state Medical cannabis programs

State Medical Cannabis Programs

In the U.S. there is a patchwork quilt of medical cannabis laws that is constantly evolving. This can be a nightmare for medical professionals and patients who are trying to navigate the various regulatory schemes.  It is, of course, important to recall that on the federal level cannabis is still a Schedule I drug and is defined as having "no accepted medical use in the U.S."

For discussion purposes there are basically two types of state laws: those that allow access to the full plant (in various delivery forms) and those that allow access to CBD-only drugs. The following links will lead you to the best information that ACNA could find on the program. In most cases it is a website for each state program. Some CBD-laws, however, simply state that individuals can use the cannabis extract and give no provision for acquiring the drug. In Alabama the law simply creates an affirmative defense for individuals who have epileptic conditions and are able to procure high CBD-only extracts.

In compiling these lists ACNA became aware of yet another problem for patients and healthcare providers. Some states are remarkably transparent, providing access to state personnel and data. Other states seem to purposefully make it difficult to find out anything about the state program, much less gain access to state personnel to ask questions or learn more about the program.  ACNA appreciates updates on state programs and encourages you to send information to ACNA.

States with CBD-only medical cannabis laws 

Alabama "Leni's Law"  (2016) *

Delaware "Rylie's Law" (2015) *

Florida Office of Compassionate Use (2014)

Georgia "Haley's Hope Act" (2015) *

Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act (2014)

Kentucky "Clara's Law" (2014)

Mississippi "Harper Grace's Law" (2014) *

Missouri (2014) *

North Carolina (2014)

Oklahoma (2015) 

South Carolina "Julian's Law" (2014) *

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Bill (2015)

Texas (2015) *

Utah "Charlee's Law" (2014)

Virginia (2015) *

Wisconsin (2014) *

* (2016, April 21). 16 States with Laws Specifically about Legal Cannabidiol (CBD) Retrieved from

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