Patients with a recommendation from a doctor are permited a legal defense for the medical use and cultivation of cannabis. Police may still confiscate marijuana, arrest patients or providers, and charge patients and providers. Using marijuana in public is a misdemeanor.
A patient may designate a provider to assist in cultivating marijuana for medical purposes. Up to twenty-four ounces of usable marijuana and fifteen plants are allowed between a patient and a designated provider for each sixty-day period. Patients may exceed these limits if they can show medical need documented by a doctor.