Activist Groups

Americans for Safe Access

Founded in 2002, by medical cannabis patient Steph Sherer, the ASA is a vehicle for patients to advocate for the acceptance of cannabis as medicine. With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis.

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The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies.

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Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
We envision a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits.

Marijuana Policy Project

The Marijuana Policy Project and MPP Foundation are working towards a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol; marijuana education is honest and realistic; and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. They lead this effort in Washington DC with Congress, at the state level with grassroots and lobbying campagins.

National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws NORML

NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

students for sensible drug policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of drug abuse on our communities, but who also know that the “War on Drugs” is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process; whether its fighting for the creation of new laws or the reforming of old ones.

Informational Sites

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Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality. Ballotpedia’s articles are 100 percent written by their professional staff.

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Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources.

Open Secrets

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Our vision is for Americans, empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, to use that knowledge to strengthen our democracy.

International Agencies

International Drug Policy Consortium

The ‘General Assembly’ is the principal policy-making organ of the United Nations (UN), and the only one in which all 193 UN member states have equal representation. At the request of member states, it convenes UN General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on specific issues. There was an UNGASS on drugs in 1998 at which member states agreed on a Political Declaration on Global Drug Control. Ten years later, member states met in Vienna to discuss progress made and to agree on a new Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem.


US Government Agencies

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The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

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Our priority is to help protect you, your children, your communities, and your businesses from the most dangerous threats facing our nation—from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil, from cyber villains to corrupt government officials, from mobsters to violent street gangs, from child predators to serial killers. Along the way, we help defend and uphold our nation’s economy, physical and electronic infrastructure, and democracy.

University of Alabama Birmingham

The UAB Epilepsy Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be conducting a study of cannabidiol, or CBD, in children and adults with severe seizure disorders that are not controlled by existing treatments. CBD is a plant-based supplement derived from the cannabis plant. It is a light, oily liquid that will be delivered orally.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: Division of Public Health

The mission of the Public Health division of the Alaskan Department of Health and Social Services is to protect and promote the health of Alaskans. Alaskans enjoy optimum health and safety through achieving greater public, community and personal responsibility for healthy conditions and choices. There is a specific division for cannabis where all the state laws and requirements for medical marijuana are outlined.

Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office

AMCO’s headquarters are in Anchorage, Alaska, with two enforcement outposts in Fairbanks and Juneau. The management team consists of the Director, the Program Coordinator, the Enforcement Supervisor and the Administrative Officer. Each member of the management staff works with his or her team to ensure responsive, fair and consistent service to the Boards, the licensing communities, local governments, and the Alaskan public.

Arizona Department of Health Services

If you have questions about the Arizona medical marijuana program or your Arizona medical marijuana card is lost or stolen, contact the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS); they are the controlling department for Arizona medical marijuana.

Arkansas Department of Health

This is the controlling office for medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Bureau of Cannabis Control

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the lead agency in developing regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs and microbusinesses. Previously divided, the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation was dissolved in June 2017 with the California State Legislature budget trailer bill, Senate Bill 94 (Chapter 27), that integrated MCRSA with AUMA to create the Medicinal and Adult‐Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) contained in division 10 of the Business and Professions Code (§26000 et seq.). Under MAUCRSA, a single regulatory system governs the medical and adult use cannabis industry in California.

CDFA CalCannabis

In 1919, the California Legislature created a single department responsible for protecting and promoting agriculture. Since cannabis plant, its cultivation falls under the purview of the CDFA. CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is responsible for licensing cultivators and will also be responsible for implementing the Track-and-Trace System for plants from cultivation to sale.

Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS)

The OMCS was established in the Center for Environmental Health of the CDPH after the Governor signed into law the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act in 2015. The Act established a licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transport, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in California.

Colorado Marijuana

The purpose of this website is to educate Colorado residents and visitors about safe, legal and responsible marijuana use by providing current and researched information on marijuana laws and health effects from all of the state agencies. Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana, these agencies work together to implement the will of the people while protecting public health and safety.

Department of Revenue: Marijuana Enforcement Division

Our mission is to promote public safety and reduce public harm by regulating the Colorado commercial marijuana industry through consistent administration of laws and regulations and strategic integration of process management, functional expertise, and innovative problem-solving.

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

This is the controlling office for medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Department of Public Health: Medical Marijuana Program

This is the controlling office for medical marijuana in Delaware.

Florida Health Department

This is the controlling office for medical marijuana in Florida.

Georgia Department of Public Health

This is the controlling office for medical marijuana in Georgia.

Hawaii Health Department

The Hawaii Department of Health is responsible for administering two distinct but related medical cannabis programs. Both the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program are designed to ensure medical cannabis is accessible for Hawaii’s patients, while making patient safety and public safety its ultimate priorities.

Illinois Department of Public Health

On August 1, 2013, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (“Act”), Public Act 98-0122, became effective. The Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program allows persons who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition to register with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in order to obtain access to cannabis (marijuana) for medical use.

Indiana Dept of Health

in 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) established a registry of individuals who have been diagnosed by a neurologist as having treatment-resistant epilepsy. The law provides individuals on the registry with defenses to prosecution of the crime of possession of a substance containing cannabidiol.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa enacted its first Medical Cannabidiol Act on July 1, 2014. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to identify tasks and develop timelines to implement chapter 124E, as well as the resources needed to accomplish those tasks.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized Departments of Agriculture to create industrial hemp research pilot programs, to which the focus of this program is research.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Iowa enacted its first Medical Cannabidiol Act on July 1, 2014. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to identify tasks and develop timelines to implement chapter 124E, as well as the resources needed to accomplish those tasks.

Maine Licensing and Regulatory Services

Iowa enacted its first Medical Cannabidiol Act on July 1, 2014. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to identify tasks and develop timelines to implement chapter 124E, as well as the resources needed to accomplish those tasks.

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

MMCC develops policies, procedures, and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. The MMCC oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, providers, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.

Massachusetts Department of Health

The Department of Public Health is in charge of the use of cannabis in the state of Massachusetts.

Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) is responsible for the oversight of medical marihuana in Michigan. The BMMR regulates the state’s medical marihuana facilities and licensees, including growers, processors, transporters, provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities. The bureau also oversees the state’s patient registry program and administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Michigan’s BMMR is newly created and doesn’t have a website at the time.

Minnesota Department of Health

The Office of Medical Cannabis, located at the Minnesota Department of Health, was formed in 2014 to enact the new medical cannabis legislation.

National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi

The available CBD oil will be either obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi.

Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

It will be dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Missouri Department of Agriculture

In 2015, the Department of Agriculture to granted the two allowed licenses and in 2016, the centers were open to the public.

Montana Department of Health and Human Services

The Children, Families, Health & Human Services Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature provides oversight of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) and monitors implementation of the law.

Montana Department of Revenue

The Department of revenue handles the income from the “cannabis provider” tax, which is applied to anyone that “provides cannabis”.

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral health - Mental Health & SAPTA

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, under the Executive Branch of the State of Nevada. DPBH is comprised of the former Health Division and Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. On July 1, 2013, the two divisions merged to form DPBH.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of New Hampshire.

New Jersey Department of Health

The Department of Health is committed to the effective implementation of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is one of the executive branch agencies of the State of New Mexico. Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

New York State Department of Health

The New York Department of Health oversees the medical marijuana program. In July 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act to provide a comprehensive, safe and effective medical marijuana program that meets the needs of New Yorkers.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Hemp production has been legalized in North Carolina, but only as part of the state’s pilot program as allowed under federal law. As such, it will still be awhile before the first fields are planted.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Hemp production has been legalized in North Dakota, but only as part of the state’s pilot program as allowed under federal law.

North Dakota Department of Health

The North Dakota Medical Marijuana Legalization creates a comprehensive medical cannabis program for the patients of the state which was approved in 2016. The program will one of the strictest in the US, in that it would allow the ND Department of Health to conduct in-person patient interviews in order to determine eligibility. The creation of this program has been delayed until July 2017.

Ohio Department of Commerce

The Ohio Department of Commerce is responsible for overseeing medical marijuana cultivators, processors and testing laboratories.

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for overseeing medical marijuana retail dispensaries, the registration of medical marijuana patients and caregivers, the approval of new forms of medical marijuana and coordinating the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Ohio State Medical Board

The State Medical Board of Ohio is responsible for certifying physicians to recommend medical marijuana and may add to the list of qualifying conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is the agency responsible for regulating the sale and service of alcoholic beverages in Oregon by administering the state’s Liquor Control Act and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana in Oregon through the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act.

Pennsylvania Department of Health

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is in the process of implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, signed into law on April 17, 2016. When fully implemented, it will provide access to medical marijuana for patients with a serious medical condition through a safe and effective method of delivery that balances patient need for access to the latest treatments with patient care and safety. The Medical Marijuana Program will also promote high quality research into the effectiveness and efficacy of medical marijuana in treating a patient’s serious medical condition.

Rhode Island Department of Health

The Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program administers the provisions of the state’s Medical Marijuana Act and related Regulations.

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

On May 11, 2017 industrial hemp became legal to be grown for research purposes in South Carolina, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. The SCDA will administer the application and permitting process. The legislation allows for up to 20 farmers to receive permits. The farmers who receive permits will each be allowed to grow up to 20 acres of the crop.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project. The 108th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 regarding the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. The Act removes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the criminal code. The cultivation of industrial hemp is now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has promulgated regulations establishing a program of licensing authorized hemp producers.

Texas Department of Public Safety

SB 339, The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows for dispensing organizations to cultivate, process and distribute medical cannabis. These dispensing organizations will be overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Utah Department of Health

In 2016, HB 58 passed requiring the Department of Health to establish a procedure for neurologists to transmit records to DOH for a larger study of hemp.

Vermont Crime and Information Center

The Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) is a program located within the Department of Public Safety whose purpose is to implement the provisions of 18 V.S.A. Chapter 86, Therapeutic Use of Cannabis. The VMR’s primary purpose is to assist individuals applying for a registry identification card and oversee the operations of registered dispensaries in Vermont that provide marijuana for symptom relief to registered patients.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

The vision of the Washington State Liquor and Canabis Board is safe communities for Washington State; with the mission to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws.

Washington State Department of Health: Medical Marijuana

This state agency oversees the medical marijuana aspect of cannabis. They have all the state laws and rules, as well as the forms for medical marijuana authorization.

District of Columbia Department of Health

The District of Columbia Department of Health oversees the medical marijuana program.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The Bureau for Public Health is in the early stages of the development of the program.