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State & Federal Marijuana Regulations

Federal Laws on Marijuana

Cannabis remains a Controlled Substance under Federal Law. Thus, its possession and use are currently illegal under Federal Law.

Obtaining medical cannabis does not exempt a qualifying patient or caregiver from prosecution and penalties imposed by Federal law, including possessing, transporting, or using medical cannabis on any federal property. These properties include but are not limited to: federal buildings and courthouses, federal parks, federal highways, and federal military bases. It is your responsibility as a patient/caregiver to know the locations under federal jurisdiction.

Always seek the advice of your attorney before purchasing, possessing, or using cannabis and regarding the resulting risks and penalties that may be imposed by the federal government. The information and materials provided to you by Verilife should not be used as a substitute for the information and knowledge that your attorney should provide to you.

State Regulations

All registered qualifying patients must notify the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) within 10 days:

  • Of changes in the patient’s name or address
  • If the patient ceases to have the debilitating medical condition
  • If the qualifying patient is deceased (the designated caregiver, if any, or a legal representative of the patient shall notify the Department)
  • Of a change in the designated caregiver
  • Of a change in the selected dispensary organization
  • If the registry identification card is lost or stolen
  • Upon conviction of any excluded offenses


Safely and Legally Storing Marijuana (Medical and Adult Use)
Patients and purchasers are responsible for keeping their marijuana safe and secure. Marijuana  can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each medical marijuana patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical marijuana. 

In the event that you suspect or learn that your cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

To keep your marijuana secure:

  • Store marijuana in its original tamper-evident container.
  • Do not remove the label from the container.
  • Keep it in a secure area, away from children.
     

Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Marijuana in Illinois
It is ILLEGAL to possess marijuana for any reason in any of the following places:

  • In a school bus
  • On the grounds of any preschool, primary or secondary school or in any correctional facility
  • In a vehicle not open to the public unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving In a private vehicle, unless the cannabis is in a reasonable secured, sealed, tamper-evidence container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving
  • In a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises
     

Safely and Legally Transporting Marijuana
Marijuana must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport marijuana in a vehicle unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.

Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana. Nothing in Illinois law prevents the arrest or prosecution of a registered qualifying patient for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Any registered qualifying patient who refuses a properly requested test related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis shall have his or her registry identification card revoked.

Safely and Legally Utilizing Marijuana in a Permitted Place
The law prohibits smoking cannabis in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others, in a healthcare facility, or any other place where smoking is prohibited under the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. This also applies to medical marijuana patients. 

Public places do not include private residences unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care or other similar social service care on the premises. A public place does not include a healthcare facility. A healthcare facility includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care centers, and long-term care facilities.
 

Cannabis use is only for certified patients. All https://www.verilife.com/md content is intended for viewers 18 or older.

Registration Card
All registered qualifying patients must notify the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC):

  • Of changes in the patient’s name or address
  • If the registry identification card is damaged, lost or stolen
  • If the patient changes caregivers (patients cannot have more than two caregivers)  
  • A registered qualifying patient must carry his or her registration card at all times while in possession of cannabis
  • A caregiver must carry his or her caregiver identification card at all times while in possession of cannabis
     

Safely and Legally Storing Medical Cannabis
Patients are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Medical cannabis can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical cannabis.

In the event you suspect or learn that your medical cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

  • To keep your medical cannabis secure:
  • Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container
  • Do not remove the label from the container
  • Keep it in a secure area, away from children
  • Consider using a third-party medical cannabis storage product
  • Must prevent children from obtaining and using medical cannabis unless such child is the qualifying patient. 
     

Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in Maryland

  • Patients and caregivers are subject to a 30-day supply purchase limit:
    • 120 grams of dried flower OR
    • 36 grams of a THC product
  • It is illegal to possess or use cannabis if you do not have a debilitating medical condition and are not a registered qualifying patient or caregiver 
  • Patients and caregivers are required to carry their registry identification card at all times when in possession of medical cannabis products
     

Safely and Legally Transporting Medical Cannabis
Medical cannabis must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport medical cannabis in a vehicle unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container, and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.

  • Patients and caregivers are not immune from the imposition of any civil, criminal, or other penalties for the following:
  • Operating, navigating, or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or boat while under the influence of medical cannabis
  • Smoking medical cannabis in a motor vehicle or any public place
  • Undertaking any task under the influence of medical cannabis, when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice
  • Smoking medical cannabis on private property that: (a) Is rented from a landlord, and (b) Is subject to a policy that prohibits the smoking of medical or recreational cannabis on the property
     

Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of cannabis. Nothing in Maryland law prevents the arrest or prosecution of a registered qualifying patient for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis. 

Safely and Legally Administering Medical Cannabis in a Permitted Place

Medical cannabis can only be ingested in forms approved by the MMCC. No medical cannabis products may be consumed through vaporization in any public place or location where smoking is prohibited under the public health law.

A patient may consume products in his or her private residence unless the private residence is being used to provide licensed child care services or is other prohibited 

Though vaporization is generally prohibited in a hospital or healthcare facility, vaporization may occur in separate and enclosed designated smoking rooms for patients of such facilities.

Please Consume Responsibly. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. For use only by adults 21 years of age or older or persons holding a patient registration card. Keep out of the reach of children. This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of edible marijuana may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding your cannabis use. The information and materials provided to you by PharmaCann should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your physician can provide to you. This product may be illegal outside of Massachusetts.

Registration Card
All registered qualifying patients must notify the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC):

  • Of changes in the patient’s name or address
  • If the patient ceases to have the debilitating medical condition
  • If the qualifying patient is deceased (the designated caregiver, if any, or a legal representative of the patient shall notify the Department)
  • Of a change in the designated caregiver
  • If the registry identification card is damaged, lost or stolen
  • Of a change to the information that he or she was previously required to submit to the department

A registered qualifying patient must carry his or her registration card at all times while in possession of cannabis. Caregiver must not allow a registered qualifying patient who is under 18 years of age to possess cannabis at any time when not in the presence of the personal caregiver.

Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in Massachusetts
Possessing cannabis is legal for:

  • An adult 21 years of age or older
  • A registered medical cannabis patient, caregiver or agent of a registered cannabis dispensary

Cannabis must be secure, sealed and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport cannabis in a vehicle unless it is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.

Legally Purchasing Medical & Recreational Cannabis

Medical
Registered qualifying patients and their designated caregivers should not seek, obtain, or possess an amount of cannabis from a registered medical cannabis dispensary that would cause him or her to exceed up to a 60-day supply for personal medical use.  A 60-day supply is defined as up to 10 ounces. 

Recreational
Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government-issued ID are able to purchase no more than 28 grams of cannabis or 5 grams of cannabis concentrate per transaction. You can have up to 28 grams on you and up to 10 oz in your home.

Safely and Legally Possessing Cannabis
Individuals are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Cannabis can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each adult and medical cannabis patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her cannabis.

In the event, you suspect or learn that your cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

To keep your cannabis secure:

  • Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container.
  • Do not remove the label from the container.
  • Keep it in a secure area, away from children.
  • Consider using a third-party cannabis storage product.

Individuals that meet the requirements set forth under the MA adult regulations would be able to use cannabis. Patients and caregivers are required to carry their registry identification card at all times when in possession of medical cannabis products.

Safely and Legally Use Cannabis in a Permitted Place
An individual may consume cannabis products in his or her private residence if, unless the private residence is being used to provide licensed childcare services or is otherwise prohibited.

Obtaining cannabis does not exempt an individual from prosecution and penalties imposed by Federal law, including possessing, transporting, or using medical cannabis on any federal property. These properties include but are not limited to: federal buildings and courthouses, federal parks, federal highways, and federal military bases. It is your responsibility as a patient/caregiver to know the locations under federal jurisdiction.

Safely and Legally Transporting Cannabis
Cannabis must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport cannabis in a vehicle unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.

Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat while under the influence of cannabis. Nothing in Massachusetts law prevents the arrest or prosecution of an individual for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

Registration Card

All registered qualifying patients (or their designated caregivers) must notify the New York State Department of Health within 10 days of the following:

  • Changes in the patient’s name, address or contact information
  • If the qualifying patient is deceased (the designated caregiver, if any, or a legal representative of the patient shall notify the Department)
  • Of a change in the designated caregiver
  • If the registry identification card is lost, stolen or destroyed
     

Safely and Legally Storing Medical Cannabis

Patients are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Medical cannabis can be attractive to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical cannabis.

In the event, you suspect or learn that your medical cannabis has been stolen, misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

To keep your medical cannabis secure:

  • Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container
  • Do not remove the label from the container
  • Keep it in a secure area, away from children
  • Consider using a third-party medical cannabis storage product
     

Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in New York

  • Patients and caregivers are subject to a 60-day supply purchase limit.
  • It is illegal to possess or use cannabis if you are not a registered qualifying patient or caregiver.
  • Patients (or their designated caregiver) must have his or her registry ID card at any time the patient (or their designated caregiver) is in possession of medical cannabis.
     

Safely and Legally Transporting Medical Cannabis
Medical cannabis must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport medical cannabis in a vehicle unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving. Under no circumstances may medical cannabis be transported outside of New York state.

Safely and Legally Administering Medical Cannabis in a Permitted Place
In New York state, smoking medical cannabis is not an approved route of administration. Approved medical cannabis products may not be vaporized in a public place. In no event shall approved medical cannabis products be consumed through vaporization in any location in which smoking is prohibited under section thirteen hundred ninety-nine of the public health law. Patients may not consume medical cannabis products in a "public place” as defined by the Commissioner and set forth in the New York State Department of Health Regulations. For a detailed list of places in which use of medical cannabis is prohibited, you should consult section 1004.18 of the Regulations, which are available at the following link: http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/docs/regulations.pdf 

Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of cannabis. Under New York State law, any amount of cannabis in a driver’s blood while driving establishes that a driver is under the influence. Nothing in New York state law prevents the arrest or prosecution of a registered qualifying patient for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

Registration Card
The patient or caregiver must notify the Ohio Board of Pharmacy:

  • Within 7 calendar days of learning that their registry identification card is used fraudulently;
  • Within 7 calendar days of learning that their patient or caregiver registry was accessed without authorization;
  • No later than 30 calendar days of any changes in the information previously provided, other than a change in a qualifying condition; and 
  • Patients deceased (must be reported by the caregiver or patient's legal representative)

Please note, the list of reporting obligations listed above is not an all-inclusive list of every reporting obligation for patients or caregivers under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Please refer to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website for more information regarding the reporting obligations for patients and caregivers.

Approved Forms of Medical Marijuana

  • Patients and caregivers are subject to a 90-day supply purchase limit.
  • Pills, oils, topical forms, gel creams, ointments, and flower for administration through vaporization and neutralization.
  • Manufactured edibles are not allowed but other products can be mixed into food or drinks to facilitate ingestion by a patient in a facility or residence.
  • Vaporization is allowed, and smoking is prohibited.
     

Safely and Legally Transporting Medical Marijuana

  • Medical marijuana must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport.
  • It is not legal to transport medical marijuana in a vehicle unless the medical marijuana is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving. 
  • A registered qualifying patient must carry his or her registration card at all times while in possession of marijuana.


Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana. Nothing in Pennsylvania law prevents the arrest or prosecution of a registered qualifying patient for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. 

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