Medical cannabis (also referred to as medical marijuana) refers to the use of Cannabis (marijuana), including constituents of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. Cannabis has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,000 B.C.
While cannabis for recreational use is illegal in most parts of the world, its use as a medicine is legal in a number of territories worldwide, including Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Italy, Finland, and Portugal. In the United States, federal law outlaws all cannabis use, while permission for medical cannabis varies among states. Distribution is usually done within a framework defined by state laws.
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If you're already using cannabis without a medical marijuana card, you are breaking both state and federal law and as such are subject to the stringent fines and penalties most states impose on medical marijuana patients. Even if you're using cannabis as a legitimate treatment of disease, you are still breaking state law if you don't have a medical marijuana prescription (or a "medical marijuana recommendation") from a licensed physician. One of the best parts about being a card-carrying MMJ patient is that gives the police no power to arrest you for marijuana possession. This means when you get pulled over for a routine speeding ticket and the cops ask you to search your car for weed, you can allow them with little worry of being jailed or having your medicine being confiscated. The law is on your side now, but only if you have a medical marijuana card!