Polls consistently show the vast majority of Americans support allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes with their doctors’ approval. Because Congress and the DEA have failed to make medical cannabis legal — despite ample evidence of its safety and efficacy — states have enacted their own laws to protect patients. Thirty-four states and Washington, D.C. now have workable medical marijuana laws on the books. Fifteen additional states have laws on the books that acknowledge the medical value of medical cannabis, but fall short.
Below you will find a wealth of materials to educate you about medical cannabis issues, including information to make the case for allowing medical cannabis — such as summaries of studies, lists of supportive organizations, state-by-state polling, and rebuttals to common concerns. You will also find summaries of various aspects of both comprehensive laws and low-THC laws, financial information for medical marijuana states, and information on the federal government’s current policy toward both state and federal marijuana laws.
NOTE: During the 2020 legislative session, and a subsequent drafting fix from the Virginia Code Commission, the state upgraded its law from what MPP considers a low-THC program to meet our definition of a comprehensive medical cannabis program. We are in the process of updating these materials, but some do not yet reflect the change. With Virginia, we count 34 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws.