Medical marijuana refers to the use of cannabis plant for medicinal purposes. In the United States, recreational use of marijuana is not permitted both under the federal and state laws. Federal laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug having no value and do not recognize its use for any purposes. Thirteen states in the United States have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and 15 states have pending legislation favoring its medical use. States that permit medical marijuana are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Although some states have legalized the medical use of marihuana, the federal government can still ban possession of the drug in states. While federal law does not overturn state laws legalizing medical marihuana use, those who try to use marijuana as a medical treatment risk legal action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration or other federal agencies.
Current as of July 2009