State Law Discussion

Some states’ laws offer substantial protection to medical marijuana patients. Currently, laws that effectively remove state-level criminal penalties for growing and/or possessing medical marijuana are in place in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, have symbolic medical marijuana laws (laws that support medical marijuana but do not provide patients with legal protection under state law.) In 1998, voters in the District of Columbia approved a medical marijuana initiative by 69%, but Congress was able to nullify the vote results because D.C. is a federal district and not a state.

Regarding federal raids on medical marijuana shops in California, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind.”

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    • Mactavius
    • February 4th, 2010

    Good use of hyperlinks and graphics.

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