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The states with no protection unless the patient is registered are: Alaska (however, any adult 21 and older may possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana), Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania (apart from minor patients with a ‘safe harbor' letter), and Vermont. The new bill changed the wording to "recommend," which is legal, but did not contain any protections from prosecution for patients, growers, or distributors.SB 180 was created to close that loophole, but only offered protections for patients who lawfully possess medical marijuana; as a result, the bills did not legalize distribution or cultivation, meaning patients cannot get legal access to marijuana.Patients not enrolled in the registry will no longer be able to argue the "affirmative defense of medical necessity" if they are arrested on marijuana charges. 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters Allows registered qualifying patients (who must have a physician's written certification that they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that they would likely receive benefit from marijuana) to obtain marijuana from a registered nonprofit dispensary, and to possess and use medical marijuana to treat the condition.Requires the Arizona Department of Health Services to establish a registration and renewal application system for patients and nonprofit dispensaries.Specifies that a registered patient's use of medical marijuana is to be considered equivalent to the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not disqualify a patient from medical care, including organ transplants.Specifies that employers may not discriminate against registered patients unless that employer would lose money or licensing under federal law.
Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate no more than six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.Several states with legal medical marijuana received letters from their respective United States Attorney's offices explaining that marijuana is a Schedule I substance and that the federal government considers growing, distribution, or possession of marijuana to be a federal crime regardless of the state laws. 29, 2013 Department of Justice memo clarified the government's prosecutorial priorities and stated that the federal government would rely on state and local law enforcement to "address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws." Between Mar. 23, 1981), Connecticut (July 1, 1981), Wisconsin (Apr. except inhalation, and raw or crude marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinols...27, 1979 and July 23, 1991, five US states enacted laws that legalized medical marijuana with a physician's prescription, however, those laws are considered symbolic because federal law prohibits physicians from "prescribing" marijuana, a schedule I drug. for therapeutic use by patients clinically diagnosed as suffering from glaucoma, symptoms resulting from the administration of chemotherapy cancer treatment, and spastic quadriplegia." The law does not make Louisiana a legal medical marijuana state because the law uses the word "prescribe" and federal law prohibits physicians from prescribing marijuana, a schedule I substance. (R), sponsor of SB 143, stated the following in a July 1, 2015 email to Pro Con.org: "I would like to thank everyone who worked on the passage of SB 143 and Governor Bobby Jindal for signing this important legislation.This may change depending on how the situation develops in the state.On June 22, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed SB 35 into law.