Can Visitors Buy Out-of-State Cannabis?

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This article on cannabis rules for out of state buyers is not legal advice. The out of state medical cannabis laws list is not exhaustive. When finding out if out of state visitors can buy cannabis or if non-residents can buy cannabis, please make sure to check state and local laws. The information was accurate at the time of publishing.

Countless polls and surveys have revealed the majority of Americans are in favor of cannabis legalization, however, the laws against both medical and recreational remain in ten states: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming. With no clear path to legalization, residents interested in consuming marijuana must be willing to travel, as well as have an understanding of cannabis rules for out of state buyers. It is essential to note laws change on a regular basis; research current rules before visiting another state for cannabis purchases. 

Generally, states with legalized recreational use allow out-of-state visitors to buy. In states with medical programs, some will sell to out-of-state patients with medical marijuana cards. Below is a listing of each state’s laws regarding non-residents and cannabis. States without established rules and/or dispensaries are not included. Out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized and recreational cannabis is illegal in Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Learn more about if out of state and non-resident visitors can buy cannabis. 

Out of State Cannabis Laws by State

Alaska: out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized. Recreational cannabis of up to 1 ounce is allowed.

Arizona: must have an out-of-state medical cannabis card and live outside of Arizona, or have only lived in Arizona for fewer than 30 days. Qualifying patients must also be licensed in their home state with a condition which meets Arizona’s medical card criteria, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recreational cannabis of up to 2.5 ounces can be purchased.

Arkansas: after completion of a visiting patient form and with proof of out-of-state medical marijuana registration, as well as an out-of-state medical recommendation and card, medical marijuana can be purchased. A $50 application fee is also required.

California: recreational and medical cannabis are available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification. Non-resident adults are allowed to possess 1 ounce.

Hawaii: out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized, but out-of-state residents are allowed to apply to the state’s program.

Illinois: recreational cannabis is legalized. Non-residents age 21 and older can have 15 grams of cannabis, 250 mg of infusions and 2.5 grams of concentrate.

Maine: out of state medical cannabis patients from certain states can purchase at any of Maine’s medical dispensaries with proper identification. Find the current list of approved states here.

Massachusetts: recreational and medical cannabis are available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.

Michigan: recreational and medical cannabis are available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.

Montana: medical card holders from out-of-state may purchase and consume marijuana while visiting the state.

Nevada: recreational and medical cannabis are available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.

New Hampshire: medical marijuana patients from out of state must have the same qualifying medical conditions listed in New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program, and are allowed to possess up to 2 ounces of usable cannabis, but are not permitted to purchase from local dispensaries.  

New Jersey: recognizes all other states’ medical marijuana cards for up to six months while visiting. Out-of-state medical marijuana patients may also be able to get certified by a New Jersey doctor.  

Oklahoma: medical marijuana patients from out-of-state are able to purchase from dispensaries after applying for a temporary license, which costs $100, takes about 2 weeks to process and is valid for 30 days with the option to renew.

Oregon: out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized, however, recreational cannabis is allowed for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.

Rhode Island: visiting patients may have access to dispensaries with their physical medical marijuana card and a government-issued ID card from the same state.

Utah: qualifying conditions matching those of the state are required. Those qualifying conditions include Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Vermont: out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized, however, recreational cannabis is allowed for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.

Washington: cannabis rules for out of state buyers allow recreational cannabis for anyone 21 or older with valid government-issued identification.

Washington D.C.: accepts visitor medical marijuana cards from these states only. Visitors from other states may bring their medicine as long as it is kept at minimum on your person. Recreational sales are illegal.

Tourists from the United States and elsewhere are legally allowed to purchase cannabis in Canada. Those who are at least 19 years of age can safely buy up to 30 grams and consume it in a private residence, in any part of the country. It is important to note, however, cannabis cannot be transported from Canada to anywhere in the United States, including to states where cannabis is legal.

Can out of state visitors and non-residents buy cannabis? In most cases, yes! More valuable information regarding purchasing out of state medical cannabis and visitor marijuana can be found through CannaCon. Explore the industry via the nation’s leading business-to-business cannabis conference today!


  1. Christopher Osborne on October 11, 2021 at 9:59 am

    How about South Carolina‽

  2. Jane chatelain on October 25, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    If I live in louisiana but want to establish a citizenship in Colorado so I can go back and forth w my personal marijuana and smoke it at both homes. What do I need to do? I have a travel trailer. Could I establish a residency in co also and have a dual residency?

    • DSP on November 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      Each state law applies independent of each other. Also you can only have one residence that residence would be the only you file home stead exemption. I am from Louisiana myself, so wish I could purchase here.

    • Sabrina on November 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Why would you need a citizenship to Colorado since it is in the USA? I lived in Colorado and didn’t have to have a citizenship. I wa shuts a resident. To get a medical card in CO you’d need a local address to get your medical card sent to.

    • Dondell on March 17, 2022 at 10:52 am

      You still cannot travel state to state . Medical or otherwise. I live in Minnesota and have medical, we vacation in the u.p of Michigan all summer. I cannot bring my medicine from one home to the other. It’s because it’s not recognized on a federal level.
      It sucks as I grow my own indoor and would love to not have to purchase 3months worth every summer.

    • annabelles on October 10, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      You can have dual residency, it will affect your taxes. Just google

  3. Beth on October 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    People from Canada can’t buy cannabis in Montana because they don’t have a card is there any other way to find out?

  4. Gina Marie Emenheiser on November 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    My husband is a PTSD medical marijuana patient where we’ve lived for 16 years. His family lives in Pennsylvania. Why is Pennsylvania forcing my husband to stay out of his birth state by restricting his stress medication? I think this is cruel and fascist government! The very thing that could help his condition (a visit to his parents) is thwarted by strict nonsensical laws!

    • Barbra on March 19, 2022 at 8:28 am

      At least he can get his meds somewhere. Some of us aren’t lucky enough to get our medical marijuana from any.state. I live in a state where suicide is probably gonna be my only choice

    • Peterabbit 57 on August 27, 2022 at 12:11 am

      Hi Gina……… I hope your husband has his Mary Jane BY NOW….I live in PA and there’s like 22 symptoms a person could have you don/ need all If your husband has P.T.S.D. than he has anxiety and depression that’s more than.enough to get the card I have a good doctor if he doesn’t have the.card.yet please list another comment and my wife and I will help your husband achieve his goal here in his home state

    • Hannah on October 10, 2022 at 8:48 pm

      If you think that’s fascism you have certainly led a charmed life.

  5. phillip on November 16, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I am visiting family in the US (illinois)from a different country. Can I use my non US passport to purchase marijuana?

  6. Alex on December 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

    I am visiting from Florida and I keep calling all the dispensaries and they tell that they don’t accept out of state card holders. Anyone can clear this up for me? I will be here for a little bit.

  7. Michelle Catapang on December 23, 2021 at 12:45 am

    It is really important to know the policies and laws in each state if you are planning to buy cannabis products. This article is really helpful. Thank you.

  8. Marshall Baugh on January 5, 2022 at 9:18 am

    I am from Chicago born and raised I am now living in Kentucky what can be done so I can buy legal Marijuana

    • Alicia Lee on October 5, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Drive to Illinois. It’s legal there without a medical card. Just need cash a ID.

  9. Colin Holden on January 24, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I am a medical cannabis patient in Illinois, can I purchase medical cannabis with my Illinois card in Colorado?

  10. Catherine on April 3, 2022 at 8:51 am

    What about pa or nyc?

  11. Hamid Kazi on April 5, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    I live in Maryland and visiting AZ. Can I buy for personal use THC electronic marijuana and take it with the flight back to MD

  12. Sheryl on April 22, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I recently moved from CA where I used marijuana to effectively treat severe back injuries. Hearing rods from T3 and throughout my pelvis. After this injury I survived the Camp Fire where our town including hospital and schools were burned to the ground. I narrowly escaped all while in a wheel chair from the above surgery. In CA I could get what I considered life saving medication in the form of THC drops. I moved to Alabama because of the trauma that happened in Paradise Ca (the Camp Fire) However I now found myself dependent on ineffective OxyContin, anti depressant’s anti anxiety and. Keep medications because Marijuana drops are illegal. Just trying to live my life and it seems impossible in this state of Alabama! It is pretty here. I have family here! But I can’t live my life here because of the ignorance!! I am angry, sad, hurt and confused by the government of Alabama! Open your eyes Alabama you could be so much more!

  13. Gregg Warren on June 5, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    What about Wisconsin? You fail to mention that cannibis isn’t legal (both medical and recreational) in your list of states where it’s NOT legal. “Laws against…ten states…”

  14. Rocky Deckard on August 11, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Does oregon shops mail weed to other states

  15. Jody Lehrer on November 13, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    The facts about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are incorrect. The information in this article states that “Massachusetts: recreational and medical cannabis are available for anyone 21 or older with a valid government-issued identification.”

    Recreational cannabis may be purchased by anyone 21 or older REGARDLESS of residency but such person must have valid government identification to establish age.

    Medical marijuana maybe purchased by a Registered Qualifying Patient who is 18 or over and is a Massachusetts resident. Under specific provisions of the law residents under 18 may be a Registered Qualifying Pediatric Patient.

    Jody H. Lehrer, JD, MPA

  16. Sally on November 20, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Once the feds stepped in, I could no longer purchase medical marijuana in Michigan unless I had an address in Michigan. I’m in Indiana & I have a medical card for migraine relief. Such a better option than the pills they want me to take but guess the feds don’t get as much kickback from marijuana sales as they do Big Pharma.

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