Which States Have the Worst Medical Marijuana Programs?

Which States Have the Worst Medical Marijuana Programs?

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February 22, 2016

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16 states received a failing grade in new report. 

 By Noelle Skodzinski

Sixteen states with some type of legal medical marijuana program received a grade of F or F+ in a new report, “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” by Americans for Safe Access, a national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

Those states receiving a failing grade are:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Just three states received the top score of B+:

  • California
  • Illinois
  • New Mexico

Nine states received Bs or B-minuses:

  • Arizona (B-)
  • Colorado (B)
  • Hawaii (B)
  • Maine (B-)
  • Maryland (B)
  • Massachusetts (B)
  • Nevada (B)
  • Oregon (B)
  • Washington (B)

The grades were based on: how well the state’s medical cannabis program “meets the needs of patients in five categories. … Up to 25 bonus points were awarded to states that made statutory or regulatory improvements, or prevented harmful changes from taking effect.”  

The five categories that were evaluated for grading purposes were: 

I. Patient Rights and Civil Protection from Discrimination 
II. Access to Medicine
III. Ease of Navigation 
IV. Functionality 
V. Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements

View the full report from Americans for Safe Access here