How Can I Get Medical Marijuana? Can I Buy It?

Medical marijuana is generally obtained by approved patients from medical marijuana dispensaries or cooperatives. These operations most often are forbidden from charging money for the sale of the drug, but they commonly are permitted to charge membership fees or other types of fees to people who obtain their medical marijuana there.

Other patients obtain medical marijuana directly from their physician, primary healthcare provider, or other medical professional. Also, most states allow medical marijuana patients to grow there own marijuana for medical purposes, with some limits placed on how much they may grow at any one time. Many medical marijuana patients avoid dealing with dispensaries and cultivate their own marijuana.

Some states expressly forbid the distribution of marijuana, even for approved medical reasons. Hawaii, which has approved medical marijuana use, does not authorize any person or entity to sell or dispense marijuana, other than a transfer from a qualifying patient's primary caregiver to the qualifying patient.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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