Physicians who recommend marijuana medicinally are protected from federal prosecution so long as they don’t get involved with distribution or production. Thousands of doctors are recommending marijuana under state medical marijuana laws and, so far, no one has been punished by the federal government.
A recommendation (certification) consists of a doctor’s written statement that marijuana would be medically beneficial for the patient’s debilitating condition. It is not a marijuana prescription, as a prescription is legally defined as a written order to a licensed pharmacist to supply the drug. Medical Marijuana prescriptions are impossible due to prescription drugs being subjected to extensive federal regulation. But when it is properly prescribed, a problem may not to take effect.