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Although marijuana use is still prohibited under federal law, it is permissible under certain circumstances to cultivate and use medical marijuana for the treatment of various illnesses, including cancer and glaucoma, in the state of Rhode Island. Thanks to the Medical Marijuana Act, passed in January of 2006, licensed medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are protected from prosecution and arrest for handling and using medically-necessary marijuana treatments.
Users and caregivers must still adhere to strict guidelines that limit the amount of the substance that you are legally allowed to have. Patients are permitted to possess two and one-half ounces, and may cultivate in an indoor facility a maximum of 12 plants and seedlings.
Patients must have a valid prescription that proves their medical need; recreational marijuana use without a prescription is still a punishable offense.
If an officer learns that a person is either a licensed patient or caregiver, they are not allowed to search their property for marijuana to make sure that they are within their allowed quantity. Additionally, law enforcement is required to maintain the confidential identities of patients and caregivers.
If you legally possess marijuana for medical usage, it is unlawful for your privacy to be violated in any way.
It is not only wise to know your rights concerning medical marijuana, but also your limits. While medical use of marijuana is legal for approved patients, it must be remembered, as with any drug, that there are precautions that should be observed. For example, you can still be arrested for DUI if you are driving while intoxicated.
Attorney Thomasian has handled many marijuana-related defense cases in his years of practicing criminal law in Providence and throughout Rhode Island. Whether you have been caught illegally possessing marijuana for medical purposes or have had your rights to privacy violated by law enforcement, contact the Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today to begin building your case.
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