Medical Marijuana refers to the use of cannabis or marijuana, including constituents of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. Only ten states in U.S have legalized the use of l marijuana for medicinal purposes. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana.
Example of a State Law ( California) on Medical Marijuana
The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 regulates medical marijuana in California. The Act ensures that under a physician’s recommendation, seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. Any qualified patient or patients’ caregivers may possess or cultivate marijuana for personal medical use upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician. If not for medical purposes, cultivation or processing of marijuana is punishable by up to sixteen months in state prison.