While some states have enacted legislation to legalize marijuana use for certain medical conditions, other states still consider the drug illegal. Currently, 23 states along with Washington D.C. have legalized the plant for the medical treatment of certain diseases. Earlier this year, Wisconsin and Iowa, along with a small list of other states, approved a bill allowing limited legal marijuana use for small children who suffer from seizures. People who are using cannabis to treat other medical conditions, however, may face drug charges for illegal possession of the drug.
A recent case has caused a national outcry as an Iowa man suffering from cancer may spend up to three years in prison for possession of marijuana. The man was using the substance as an alternative to undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his angiosarcoma. Since Iowa law does not allow medical marijuana use for cancer patients, the man faces felony charges.