The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However, some states and the District of Columbia allow its use for certain health purposes. States have legalized medical marijuana because of decisions made by voters or legislators.
Developed by the health care legal team at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP (FTLF) and NACHC’s Regulatory Affairs Department, this document offers general guidance on compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations regarding the prohibited use of federal funds for medical marijuana services.
Medical Marijuana – The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions.