Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In recent years, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. All 25 jurisdictions authorize qualifying patients to appoint a caregiver or caregivers who can help patients acquire, transport or cultivate medical marijuana. Caregivers provide ailing patients with varying degrees of assistance based upon state statutory and regulatory limitations. This dataset analyzes state guidelines for medical marijuana caregivers, including caregiver qualifications and permissible caregiver activities.

Please note, this dataset is now maintained by Legal Science, LLC, on the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System at It was originally created by the staff at the Center for Public Health Law Research.