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Can My Medical Marijuana Card Be Transferred to Another State?

If you currently have your medical marijuana card in the State of Virginia and plan on moving or visiting another state soon, this one's for you! Moving can be such a hassle and extremely time consuming, and worrying about access to your medicine can add extra stress.

Many people need their medicine to function properly. Marijuana allows patients to get back into their daily activities that they could not otherwise do before because of high levels of pain.

In order to have a seamless transition and continued access to medical marijuana dispensaries, there are some things you should do as soon as possible.

Even if the state you are moving to or visiting has a medical marijuana program, there is no way to simply transfer your eligibility. You must go through the recommendation process again in your new home state.


Some states offer reciprocity, meaning they will accept out of state medical marijuana cards for a short period of time. The reason for this is so medical marijuana patients who travel out of state for a vacation can still access their medicine.

Reciprocity usually lasts anywhere from one to six months, so this is not a permanent solution, but if your new home state offers reciprocity, it would certainly make the transition much smoother for you.

Here is a list of the current states who offer reciprocity for a short period of time:

  • Arkansas

  • Arizona

  • Hawaii

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Nevada

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • New Jersey

  • Rhode Island

  • Utah

  • Washington D.C.

  • West Virginia (terminal cancer patients only)

Do You Still Qualify?

It is important to note that every state’s medical marijuana program is different, so each state has different conditions that make a person eligible for their medical card. It is important to make sure you still qualify in your new home state.

You can do this by checking your state’s website and finding your qualifying condition on their list.

Updating Your Information

In order to get your medical marijuana card in any state, you need a valid, up-to-date identification card or driver’s license. When you move, it is important to start the process of updating identification documents as soon as possible.

Updating your driver’s license through the DMV usually takes months, so it is your responsibility to start this process as early as time allows. Update your address and any other relevant information.

Book Your Appointment

In order to get your medical marijuana card in your new home state, you will need to visit a certified physician who can recommend medical marijuana to you. Bring any relevant medical records and ID documents to your appointment.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today

In order to access any dispensary in the State of Virginia, you need your medical marijuana card. If you don’t already have it, we can help!

It is now easier than ever to get your medical marijuana card in Virginia, and more dispensaries are opening up to make access to medicine even easier.

In Virginia, any inhibiting condition could qualify you for your medical card. If you don’t already have it, we can help! Schedule an evaluation online today and we’ll make an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors.


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness

safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on

education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by

providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Virginia Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Virginia!

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