The nationwide movement to reform marijuana laws has been steadily building steam. Recent polling suggests that for the first time in history, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana. As medical marijuana use continues to gain acceptance, more people are getting access to an effective treatment for their chronic conditions. However, with all of these new laws, many people are left wondering if they qualify to use medical marijuana. Read on to learn about who qualifies to use medical marijuana, and find out how a medical marijuana lawyer can help you understand this sometimes murky issue.

Consult Your State Laws

Federal law still prohibits the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for any purpose (save for the very few federally authorized research programs). So far, only state and local governments have removed restrictions for marijuana use. Each state that has legalized the use of marijuana has instituted their own rules and regulations. Patients and individuals with questions about their state’s marijuana laws should review their state statutes and administrative codes or consult with a qualified attorney.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Most states have limited eligibility to persons suffering from severe, chronic or debilitating medical conditions. Some of the conditions that may qualify you for medical marijuana use include cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Certain mental conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression are also qualifying conditions in certain jurisdictions. If you believe that you suffer from a qualifying condition you should consult with your physician.

Receiving a Doctor’s Approval

Virtually all jurisdictions that have legalized medical marijuana require the patient to receive a recommendation from a licensed physician. Most jurisdictions require that the physician perform an actual physical examination of the patient and the submission of certain specific forms. Some jurisdictions, such as Nevada, require an extensive background check and a complicated application process that must be completed annually.

Residency Requirements

Some jurisdictions require the patients to provide proof of residence before they will be granted a medical marijuana card. Most jurisdictions will not recognize out of state cards for any reason. Consequently, even though you are a legal patient in your home state, your card will not protect you from prosecution in another state, even if that state has its own medical marijuana program.

Consult a Medical Marijuana Lawyer About Your Rights

Unfortunately, because of the complexities involved, some people are denied their medical marijuana license the first time around. If this has happened to you, then you need the kind of help only a medical marijuana lawyer from Connor & Connor, PLLC can offer. We specialize in medical marijuana laws, and are familiar with all the rules and regulations the state of Nevada has set for this practice. Contact us today to get help applying for your medical marijuana license.