Can a person on probation acquire a medical marijuana card if they have multiple sclerosis

I have multiple sclerosis and I’m on
probation and I have a doctor’s
appointment this Friday with my primary
doctor so I can get a referral to a
medical marijuana doctor

Asked on November 1, 2017 under Criminal Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you can't. Marijuana laws in this country are schizophrenic: even when a state allows marijuana for medical use, its use and possession is still a federal crime and worse, is still a crime in many of the state's allowing medical use (medical use is a narrow exception to general criminality). Therefore, if you possess marijuana even with a medical referral, it is still a criminal act--e.g. under federal law--and assuming your probation bars criminal acts (as they always, in my experience, do), you will be violating probation to have or use marijuana. You will need to use some other medication.

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