What protections do patients have once in the program?


Registered patients may not be arrested or prosecuted or face criminal or other penalties including property forfeiture for engaging in the medical use of cannabis in compliance with the law. There are also protections against patients being discriminated against in medical care — such as organ transplants — and in reference to child custody. In addition, landlords may not refuse to rent to a person solely due to his or her status as a registered patient or caregiver unless housing the applicant violates federal law on the part of the landlord. Landlords may prohibit smoking medical cannabis on their premises. Similarly, schools and employers are prohibited from discriminating based on patient status unless they face restrictions under federal law. Employers may continue to enforce drug-free work place policies, and they do not have to allow employees to possess cannabis at work or work while they are impaired.

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