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State medical marijuana laws do not give a person unlimited rights to use, possess, transport, or distribute marijuana. Medical marijuana patients and providers must be mindful of their state laws and local ordinances, including limits on how much marijuana they can legally possess or cultivate and how it may be distributed to patients.
Marijuana is illegal and classified as a Class I narcotic by federal law. Only 14 states, as of June 2010, allow its use for medical reasons. However, in most cases, carrying a valid medical marijuana prescription card or another document approved by your state will allow you to avoid being arrested on marijuana-possession charges, provided you are in compliance with your state laws.
Even in some states where medical marijuana has not been approved, people who are charged with illegally possessing the drug may be allowed to raise a medical need as a legal defense to drug possession charges.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified medical marijuana lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local medical marijuana attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.