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Can My Medical Marijuana Card Be Transferred to Another State?

If you are a medical marijuana patient in the State of Louisiana and plan to move out of the state soon, this one's for you! Moving can be a hassle, and the realization that you will have to figure out what to do about accessing your medicine may come later than one would hope.

There are so many things to think about when moving, but the better prepared you are, the smoother the process will go. Each state has different laws about medical marijuana, so there is no way to simply transfer your eligibility to your new home state.

Here are some things to consider when moving to a new state as a medical marijuana patient in Louisiana:


Assuming that the state you are moving to has a medical marijuana program, the first thing you will need to do when you apply for your new card is prove residency. You can do this by providing a utility bill of some sort. Then, you will need to get a new recommendation from a doctor in that state.

The transition from one state to another can be time consuming, but reciprocity can make things much more simple. Reciprocity basically allows certain states to recognize out-of-state medical cards at dispensaries.

Normally, states with reciprocity will allow out-of-state patients to have access to dispensaries for a few months, while they get settled, or if they are visiting.

Here is a current list of all states that offer reciprocity:








New Hampshire

New Mexico

New Jersey

Rhode Island


Washington D.C.

West Virginia (terminal cancer patients only)

If your new home state is on the list, you should check the state’s website to find out exactly how long you will be able to access medicine with your Louisiana marijuana card. That way, you can gauge when to start the process of obtaining a new one.

No matter which state you are moving to, the earlier you apply for your card, the easier the process will be.

Update Your Information

In order to get a recommendation, you need a valid and up-to-date ID. You should get a new license (and any other ID card you might have) for your new home state as soon as possible.

Waiting on your new license can take some time, so do this as soon as possible to ensure a smoother transition. You should update your home address and any other information that may have changed.

Obtain Your Recommendation

Before starting this process, you should ensure that you qualify for your new state’s medical marijuana program. The qualifying conditions vary from state to state, so it is best to double check that your condition will make you eligible for your card.

Once you have done all of this, make sure you have access to your medical records and make your appointment with a certified physician!

Get Your Louisiana Marijuana Card Today

In Louisiana, you must have your medical marijuana card to gain access to cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. If you don’t already have yours, we can help you!

Cannabis is an excellent alternative medicine that offers natural, safe, and legal relief for an array of symptoms. If you think cannabis could help some of your symptoms, what are you waiting for?

Schedule an evaluation online today with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors to see if you qualify for your medical card. Not only will you discuss your condition and options, but you can do so through a virtual appointment in the safety of your own home!


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. 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 (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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