In recent years, 27 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. All 28 jurisdictions authorize qualifying patients to appoint a caregiver or caregivers who can help patients acquire, transport or cultivate medical marijuana. Caregivers provide ailing patients with varying degrees of assistance based upon state statutory and regulatory limitations. This dataset analyzes state guidelines for medical marijuana caregivers, including caregiver qualifications and permissible caregiver activities. This dataset includes states with comprehensive medical marijuana programs; it does not include state laws allowing the medical use of “low THC” products in certain situations.
This is a longitudinal dataset, displaying medical marijuana caregiver laws in effect as of January 1, 2014 through February 1, 2017.