Can I be arrested for recommending medical marijuana?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/01/2017
Absolutely not. Under state law, physicians are protected against any kind of punishment for advising a patient about medical marijuana or providing a patient with a signed recommendation for medical marijuana. Physicians are also protected under federal law by Conant v. Walters, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that doctors cannot be punished—or even investigated—solely for recommending medical marijuana, because doing so is protected free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court let the decision stand.
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Updated on December 14, 2017