Medical Marijuana Local Laws

Medical marijuana is slowly but steadily gaining popularity in the world, community and many countries have already accepted the fact that marijuana can be the best treatment option for some debilitating diseases.

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States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington are U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana.

It is worthwhile to note that out of these 16 states that have legalized medical marijuana and DC, 14 of the 16 states require proof of residency to be considered as a qualifying patient for use of medical marijuana. Till now, only Oregon has made an announcement that it will be accepting out-of-state applications and it is yet not clear whether or not Delaware will be accepting applications from non-state residents once the program is established.

Arizona Medical Marijuana

According to Arizona Medical Marijuana Act that was approved on November 2, 2010 by 50.13 percent of voters:

“Qualifying patients can obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary, the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver, another qualifying patient, or, if authorized to cultivate, from home cultivation. When a qualifying patient obtains or renews a registry identification card, the Department will provide a list of all operating dispensaries to the qualifying patient.”

The use of medical marijuana can be made for approved conditions [Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)].

Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

According to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that was approved on November 4, 2008 by 63 percent of voters, the approved conditions for which Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries can sell medical marijuana are treatment of debilitating medical conditions, defined as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail patella, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy, muscle spasms, and multiple sclerosis.

Medical marijuana Los Angeles

According to Ballot Proposition 215 that was approved on November 5, 1996 by 56 percent of voters, state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a “written or oral recommendation” from their physician that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana” have been removed.

Legal protection under this act is provided to patients diagnosed with any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been “deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician.” The approved conditions for Medical marijuana Los Angeles (or Medical marijuana California) are AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, including seizures associated with epilepsy, severe nausea; Other chronic or persistent medical symptoms.

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