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-two states and Washington, D.C. now have comprehensive, workable medical marijuana laws on the books. Seventeen 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: Some of the materials on this page have not been updated yet to reflect the newest two medical marijuana laws, Missouri’s and Utah’s, which voters enacted on November 6, 2018.

1. The Case for Allowing Medical Marijuana

2. Responding to Concerns

3. Overviews of Bills and Laws

4. Financial Information

5. Federal Policy

6. Medical Cannabis Issue Areas

* This document has not yet been updated to include the medical marijuana laws that have passed since spring 2016