Saturday March 28, 2020

By Erin Hiatt

Forms of ID Accepted at Dispensaries: State-by-State Guide Travel

Cannabis legalization has proceeded in patchwork fashion, with each state setting out their own unique laws and regulations. However, one issue that is not patchwork is that to purchase cannabis – whether recreational or medical – you’ll need a valid ID. But what type of ID does each state accept at dispensaries?

It’s a basic rule of thumb that the ID has to be current, and bear your birthdate and photograph. However, it’s important to remember that each state has their own rules and regulations, and whether or not your ID will pass muster – especially if you’ve only recently turned 21 and are hoping to make your first recreational purchases – could be up to whoever is checking it.

If you’re in doubt whether or not a dispensary will accept your ID, always call ahead. Forewarned is forearmed, so we have put together this guide so you’ll know just what kind of ID is accepted from state-to-state, especially pertinent for adult-use consumers who may not be aware of local laws, or medical marijuana patients traveling away from their home state.

***This article details ID policies as defined by a state’s legal framework. Please not that dispensaries still reserve the right to implement their own ID policies and add even more restrictions to protect their business from fraud (i.e. not accepting vertical IDs, special requirements for out-of-state IDs, etc.) Again, it is always recommended to call ahead to your dispensary before visiting if you have concerns about your ID.***

Types of IDs Accepted at Dispensaries

Below, you will find a breakdown of every state’s ID policy when it comes to medical or recreational cannabis.

Alaska

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Arizona

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Arkansas

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Arkansas does allow residents from out-of state to purchase medical marijuana if they can show registration in another legal state, and fill out a visiting patient form.

California

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Colorado

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport, valid ID from many U.S. territories, including American Samoa and Puerto Rico, federally recognized tribal cards, and military ID cards.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Connecticut

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Delaware

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Florida

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Hawaii

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. The Aloha State does allow medical marijuana reciprocity. To participate in the program, patients or caregivers must fill out an online application 60 days prior to intended use, and pay a $49.50 fee.

Illinois

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Louisiana

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Maine

ADULT-USE: Even though Maine approved recreational cannabis in 2016, Maine lawmakers have been dragging their feet on implementing the law. Advocates and voters are hoping to get the program up and running in early 2020.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Maine allows reciprocity for out-of-state patients, provided they have a valid medical marijuana certification from their home state, a valid ID from the state that issued the certification, and a Maine-approved medical marijuana certification card completed by the certifying doctor.

Maryland

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Massachusetts

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport, instruction permits, MA temporary driver’s license, U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marine ID cards, MA liquor cards, and ID card issued from any Canadian province.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Michigan

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Minnesota

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Missouri

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Montana

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Nebraska

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Out-of-state residents from some states are permitted to purchase medical cannabis by showing their qualifying state medical marijuana card.

Nevada

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: State-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Nevada will also serve medical marijuana patients with valid cards from many other medical marijuana states, Arizona, Montana, and Hawaii among them.

New Hampshire

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

New Jersey

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

New Mexico

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

New York

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

North Dakota

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Ohio

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Oklahoma

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Registered medical marijuana patients from other states are allowed to purchase and consume cannabis in OK, but must apply for a temporary license and pay a $100 fee that must be renewed every 30 days.

Oregon

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport, valid ID from any U.S. territory, an ID from a federally recognized Indian tribe showing name, photo, and date of birth, unexpired military ID cards, or current NEXUS or SENTRI card.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Pennsylvania

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Rhode Island

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency. Rhode Island will accept medical marijuana cards from other states, including New Mexico, Arkansas, and many others, but must show two forms of government ID.

Utah

MEDICAL: Voters approved a statewide medical marijuana program in November, 2018, and the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened recently. Patients will need to provide an ID card or driver’s license proving Utah residency, as well as their state-issued medical marijuana card.

Vermont

ADULT-USE: Cannabis is legal in the Green Mountain State for adults 21 and over, but no retail establishments where consumers can purchase are open yet. The Vermont legislature is poised to consider implementing a retail model, but in the meanwhile, Vermonters are allowed to grow their own.

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Virginia

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and current ID showing residency.

Washington

ADULT-USE: U.S. ID card, state-issued driver’s license, or passport.

MEDICAL: Washington no longer distinguishes between medical and adult-use cannabis, so any adult over 21 may use accepted IDs to make medical purchases.

Washington D.C

ADULT-USE: The District of Columbia does not have retail stores, but instead operates on a “grow and give” model, where adult consumers of age can grow their own and share with adult friends at no cost.

MEDICAL: Valid medical marijuana card issued from the District of Columbia, and current ID showing residency. D.C. is another locality that will honor medical marijuana cards from other states, including Delaware, Connecticut, and Maryland, among others.

West Virginia

MEDICAL: Valid, state-issued medical marijuana card and ID showing residency.


Do you have any questions about what forms of IDs are accepted at dispensaries? Share them in the comments below.

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Erin Hiatt Erin Hiatt

Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work - which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor - covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.

Erin's work and industry insights have been featured on the podcasts The Let's Go Eat Show, In the Know 420, and she has appeared as a featured panelist on the topic of hemp media. Erin has interviewed top industry experts such as Dr. Carl Hart, Ethan Nadelmann, Amanda Feilding, Mark A.R. Kleiman, Dr. James Fadiman, and culture icons Governor Jesse Ventura, and author Tom Robbins. You can follow her work on LinkedInWordpress, @erinhiatt on Twitter, and @erinisred on Instagram.



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