Federal Laws

The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act.  21 U.S.C. § 811 does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana.  Any use of marijuana is illegal under federal law.  Federal law treats marijuana as a controlled substance.  It does not distinguish marijuana from other drugs such as cocaine and heroin.  Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive and having no medical value. Doctors may not prescribe marijuana for medical use under federal law.


Inside Federal Laws