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Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

In the context of medical marijuana, reciprocity refers to an agreement between two or more states that allows visiting medical cannabis patients legal access to dispensaries across state lines. Reciprocity ensures traveling registered patients can maintain their legal access to medicine while away from home. However, reciprocity laws vary greatly state by state. Some mandate full access for visitors, others limit access to certain products or quantities, and some have no reciprocity at all. Patients should always understand the specific medical marijuana reciprocity laws before crossing state lines with cannabis medication.

For example, Arizona offers full legal patient reciprocity to medical marijuana cardholders from any other legal state. Maryland allows reciprocal patients to obtain up to a 30 day temporary supply based on the patient's certification. And Louisiana currently has no operational reciprocity laws in place for out-of-state medical marijuana patients. Checking with state laws is crucial because crossing into a non-reciprocal state with cannabis could result in legal problems. While imperfect, the goal of reciprocity is ensuring continuity of care for traveling patients registered in a different home state.

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