Border Patrol at California checkpoint. Image: Florian via Wikimedia Commons

When medical marijuana is legal statewide but illegal under federal law, things get tricky for patients.

Once a week, 50-year-old Raymundo Marrufo drives 22 miles from Deming, New Mexico to the state’s second largest city, Las Cruces.

It’s the medical marijuana dispensary that brings him there, the closest place to his home where he can fill a prescription for cannabis to treat PTSD.

The drive isn’t bad, a straight shot down a desert highway in Southwest New Mexico, but it lands him in the middle of a Border Patrol checkpoint. There he waits in a line full of cars to be questioned.

Some of the ones he’s asked (“Do you have proof of citizenship?”) are easy. Others, like this one, are not: “Do you have any illegal drugs?”

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Abby Haglage ~ TheDailyBeast.com ~

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