New medical marijuana law doesn't say where patients will get pot

January 15, 2006

Associated Press, WPRI - Fox News (RI)

Rhode Island this month became the eleventh state to allow sick people to use marijuana as medicine.

But like other states with the law, it's finding problems with the law's practicality. In some states, passage of a medical marijuana law has had little effect because there is no system set up to get pot to sick people. In others, dozens of people have been arrested for providing medicinal marijuana.

Federal law bans the drug. Doctors cannot legally prescribe it, and pharmacies cannot stock it. Most states that have medical marijuana laws have sought a middle ground, allowing patients or people designated as their caregivers grow small amounts of marijuana for the patients' use.

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