Can a person go to federal prison for use or possession of medical marijuana in the state of Washington?

Yes. It is illegal to possess marijuana under federal law, even if it is medical marijuana that is legal under state law. However, there are guidelines that federal prosecutors must consider whether marijuana is being used medically in making their charging decisions regarding federal marijuana-related crimes.

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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