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Medical marijuana laws and defenses

Medical marijuana is the use of marijuana and possession of marijuana for medical purposes only. Some people who suffer from painful diseases or regular seizures may use marijuana for pain relief. Medical marijuana is the same as that used as a drug. Some states have legalized marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Marijuana has been one of the most controversial drugs because of its use in medicine.

Laws for medical marijuana are different in all states. They are continually changing as new cases and legislation appears regularly. According to federal laws, medical use of marijuana is strictly prohibited and carries a prison sentence. But several states have legalized marijuana to move away from the federal marijuana law. States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana include; Alaska, Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington.

Even though these states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, they have set certain limits for users. There may be proper documentation required to give medical cannabis to a patient. There may also be different conditions under which a patient may use medical marijuana. Using it under any other circumstance is illegal and can warrant an arrest.

Patients who have been charged with drug possession may use their medical condition to defend themselves. If you have been charged, it is advisable to hire an experienced attorney to defend you against the charges. The attorney will assess your case and try to prove that you were using marijuana for medical purposes only.

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