Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The U.S. federal government has not endorsed the medical benefits of marijuana, and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 makes marijuana use illegal on the federal level, classifying it as a Schedule I drug with no currently accepted medical use. Despite the federal ban on medical marijuana, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws permitting adult use for specially authorized individuals.

State medical marijuana laws regulate patient users, caregivers, dispensaries, oversight committees, and health agencies that administer medical marijuana programs. This map focuses on current U.S. laws related to regulating caregiver and patient rights, dispensaries and product safety of medical marijuana.

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