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Understanding Your Rights to Medical Marijuana for Insomnia: State-by-State Guide 2023

If you or a loved one are struggling to maintain a healthy sleep schedule, you’re likely looking for answers—and effective solutions.

Many medical marijuana patients report that cannabis offers outstanding results: patients fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and get more restful sleep.

But there’s just one question: Is medical marijuana for insomnia available in your state? In this guide, we’re breaking down each state’s current stance on medical marijuana as a sleep aid as of late 2023.

Laws By Region

The following guide is grouped by region:

  • New England – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
  • Mideast – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Great Lakes – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
  • Plains – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Southeast – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Southwest – Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • Rocky Mountains – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Far West – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington
  • US Territories – Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa

New England

Patients in New England have ample access to medical marijuana, but patients with insomnia alone won’t have access to a medical card in every state in this region.

Mideast

Most of the Mideast offers recreational and medical legalization:

  • Delaware – Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Delaware. While patients may still pursue a medical cannabis card, insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions. However, citizens may petition the state to add medical conditions to the list.
  • Washington DC – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Washington DC. Patients over the age of 21 may register for a medical card without a healthcare provider’s recommendation, but patients under the age of 21 must receive a recommendation from a doctor. Doctors may recommend medical cannabis for any reason.
  • Maryland – Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Maryland, but patients may still choose to register for a medical cannabis card. While insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, the legislation is broad.
  • New Jersey – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in New Jersey, but insomnia is not on the state’s list of qualifying conditions.
  • New York – Medical and recreational cannabis are legal in New York, and doctors may recommend medical marijuana for any reason.
  • Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania offers a medical marijuana program for patients, but insomnia is not on the current list of qualifying medical conditions.

Great Lakes

Two states in the Great Lakes region don’t offer residents access to marijuana, but people living in Indiana and Wisconsin may still purchase hemp products with less than 0.3% THC per the US Farm Bill.

  • Illinois – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Illinois. Patients may still apply for a medical card; however, insomnia is not on the current list of qualifying conditions.
  • Indiana – Indiana does not have a medical marijuana program, and recreational marijuana is illegal in the state. However, all residents may purchase hemp oil in accordance with the US Farm Bill.
  • Michigan – Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Michigan; while insomnia is not on the list of qualifying medical conditions, patients may still choose to pursue their medical card.
  • Ohio – While medical marijuana is legal in Ohio, recreational marijuana legalization will take effect on December 7, 2023. Insomnia is not on the current list of qualifying conditions.
  • Wisconsin – Neither medical nor recreational marijuana is legal in Wisconsin; however, Wisconsin residents may purchase hemp products in accordance with the US Farm Bill.

Plains

Medical marijuana in the Plains region varies widely by state:

  • Iowa – Medical marijuana is legal in Iowa, but the state issues strict possession limits for patients. Insomnia is not on the current list of qualifying conditions.
  • Kansas – Medical marijuana is not legal in Kansas; the state used to allow patients to purchase THC-free CBD oil, but the US Farm Bill likely takes precedence.
  • Minnesota – Insomnia is not on Minnesota’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state.
  • Missouri – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Missouri, and patients may still apply for medical cannabis cards. While insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, the legislation is very broad.
  • Nebraska – Nebraska’s medical marijuana program allows patients to purchase products with less than 0.3% THC; per the US Farm Bill, these regulations now apply to every US citizen over the age of 18.
  • North Dakota – Medical cannabis is legal in North Dakota. While insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, patients may qualify for another condition on the list.
  • South Dakota – Medical cannabis is legal in South Dakota, but insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions. However, the legislation is broad.

Southeast

The Southeast region is large, and states vary widely in terms of medical cannabis access for people living with insomnia:

  • Alabama – Medical marijuana is legal in Alabama, though the list of qualifying conditions is short. Insomnia is not on the current list of qualifying conditions, but people living with insomnia may have another qualifying condition.
  • Arkansas – Medical cannabis is legal in Arkansas. While insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, patients may still be able to seek approval from the Department of Health.
  • Florida – Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions. However, legislation may be broad enough to accommodate a recommendation for insomnia.
  • Georgia – Georgia’s medical marijuana program allows patients to purchase low-THC oils, but insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions.
  • Kentucky – While it won’t be legal to purchase medical cannabis in Kentucky until 2025, patients with a qualifying medical condition are permitted to purchase medical marijuana in another state. Insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, but the legislation is broad.
  • Louisiana – Medical marijuana is legal in Louisiana, and cannabis doctors may recommend marijuana for any reason.
  • Mississippi – Medical marijuana is legal in Mississippi; While insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions, patients may qualify with another condition on the state’s list.
  • North Carolina – Recreational and medical marijuana are illegal in North Carolina. However, per the US Farm Bill, North Carolina residents may purchase, sell, and possess hemp products with less than 0.3% THC.
  • South Carolina – South Carolina allows patients to purchase hemp products in accordance with the US Farm Bill; there is currently no medical marijuana program in South Carolina.
  • Tennessee – Tennessee allows patients to purchase hemp products in accordance with the US Farm Bill; there is currently no medical marijuana program in Tennessee.
  • Virginia – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Virginia, and doctors may recommend medical cannabis for any reason.
  • West Virginia – Medical marijuana is legal in West Virginia. However, insomnia is not on the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions.

Southwest

Medical cannabis availability in the Southwest is limited for people with insomnia:

Rocky Mountains

Medical marijuana access in the Rocky Mountain region varies:

  • Colorado – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Colorado. Patients may still apply for a medical cannabis card; while insomnia isn’t on the list of qualifying conditions, recommendation legislation is broad.
  • Idaho – Idaho’s medical marijuana program only allowed patients to purchase THC-free CBD oils; however, the US Farm Bill allowing the purchase, sale, and possession of hemp (any marijuana product with less than 0.3% THC) may take precedence over the state law.
  • Montana – Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Montana. Insomnia is not on the state’s list of qualifying conditions, but patients may still pursue their medical cards.
  • Utah – Medical marijuana is legal in Utah. Although insomnia is not on the list of qualifying medical conditions, residents may petition the state’s Compassionate Use Board for an exception.
  • Wyoming – Wyoming does not have a medical marijuana program. However, Wyoming residents may purchase hemp products in accordance with the US Farm Bill.

Far West

Every state in the Far West region offers a degree of access to medical marijuana, but a recommendation for insomnia isn’t available in every state in this region:

US Territories

Patients in some US territories may struggle to receive a recommendation for medical cannabis to treat insomnia:

  • Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico offers a medical marijuana program for patients, but insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions.
  • US Virgin Islands – Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in the US Virgin Islands, but insomnia is not on the list of qualifying conditions.
  • Guam – Recreational and medical cannabis are legal in Guam, and doctors may recommend medical marijuana for any reason.
  • Northern Mariana Islands – Recreational and medical cannabis are legal in the Northern Mariana Islands. Patients over the age of 21 do not need to register for a medical card unless they’re cultivating marijuana.
  • American Samoa – Neither medical nor recreational cannabis is legal in American Samoa; since American Samoa is not under the jurisdiction of the US Farm Bill, residents of American Samoa may not purchase, possess, or sell hemp products.

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