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Medical Marijuana Laws
Several states have made the use of medical marijuana legal under certain circumstances. These laws generally limit for the conditions that make a person eligible for medical marijuana use as well as the amount of marijuana that a person may legally possess at a given time. In addition, they also place other limitations of the use of medical marijuana, such as prohibiting its use in public as well or driving while under the influence of marijuana. It is important to note that Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance under federal law, and the U.S. government does not recognize medical marijuana in any way. This means that people in states with medical marijuana laws can be in complete compliance with state law while subjecting themselves to criminal liability under federal law. While the Department of Justice has directed federal prosecutors not to pursue people who use medical marijuana, people who cultivate, sell, or distribute marijuana, or people who facilitate such activities still may subject to federal action.
Should I Hire a Medical Marijuana Attorney?
The existence of medical marijuana laws has created a new area of law that is still growing and being defined. People who are licensed to use medical marijuana may still face criminal prosecution from federal authorities or from unauthorized use of marijuana. Anyone facing drug-related allegations should contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. In addition, growers or retailers of marijuana should ensure that they are running their operations in compliance with applicable state law. Some of the ways in which a medical marijuana attorney could help you include:
- Defend against any allegations of misuse of medical marijuana
- Ensure that you are in full compliance with the applicable state law
- Help you determine whether you are eligible for a medical marijuana license
- Assist in the preparation of any paperwork or documentation you need to file with the state
- Represent you before the state in any matter that may arise
Anyone who is using or selling medical marijuana would do well to consult with an attorney in order to ensure that they are limiting their legal liability.
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