Legal Use Of Marijuana In the United States Of America
If you are interested in the topic regarding the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes, you should first know that since 1996, 20 states, including Washington DC have passed laws that allow smoked marijuana to be used for a variety of health-related conditions.
It is important to recognize that these state marijuana laws do not change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under Federal law. Nor do these state laws change the criteria or process for FDA approval of safe and effective medications.
Another thing that comes to mind when discussing the legality of marijuana is the fact that many of these state medical marijuana laws originated in order to create a legal defense to state criminal possession laws or to remove state criminal penalties for purported medical use of marijuana. On the other hand, matters are slightly more complicated than they seem at first glance.
Since the passing of these laws in certain states of the US, many regulations have evolved into actual state authorizations for state-based production and distribution of marijuana for purported medical purposes. Nevertheless, when it comes to the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, things are not so clear and it is best to seek specialized guidance if any particular questions arise. This is also the case for drug paraphernalia.
As it was mentioned before, these state laws vary greatly in their criteria and implementation, in a sense that many states are experiencing vigorous internal debate
s about the safety, efficacy, and legality of their marijuana laws. Many local governments are even creating zoning and enforcement ordinances that prevent marijuana dispensaries from operating in their communities.
In addition to that, another aspect of great importance is that some states with medical marijuana laws often have some form of patient registry, which may provide some protection against state arrest for possession up to a certain amount of marijuana for personal medical use.
To sum it all up, there are medical marijuana growers and dispensaries that are authorized in some of the states of the US. However, many of them are legally limited to a certain number of plants or products per medical user.