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In recent years, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. All 25 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 is a longitudinal dataset, displaying medical marijuana caregiver laws in effect as of January 1, 2014 through July 1, 2016. 

Related Resources

State Medical Marijuana Laws: Understanding the Laws and Their Limitations, published in the Journal of Public Health Policy (Vol. 23, No. 4, 2002).

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In 2016, 24 states and DC have a law that allows qualifying patients to designate a caregiver for assistance in the use of medical marijuana.


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