The New York Times
: As states begin embracing medical marijuana they are also grappling with how they allow or don't allow seniors in nursing homes to use it. "The prospect has just begun to raise difficult questions for administrators and state regulators. Any patient using medical marijuana breaks federal law. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it to have no medicinal value. Despite this, physicians in 14 states and the District of Columbia are allowed to recommend it. Legalization of medical marijuana is under consideration in eight additional states this year." Some states explicitly state in law that assisted-living facilities don't have to accommodate users of medical marijuana while Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island and Maine include some provisions to allow such use. Others, however, don't address the question at all (Rashidian and Martin, 10/27).
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