The federal government has officially approved medical marijuana in five states and the District of Columbia.
The program has been in place since April 1 and is designed to allow patients who need it to get it without the risks of the criminal justice system, which has long locked up some patients for pot.
The new policy has attracted criticism from some who say the Obama administration’s decision to allow marijuana to be grown in states that have not legalized it could set a dangerous precedent.
The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Tuesday that it has authorized production of medical marijuana from Oregon and Washington, which both legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014.
But the agency said it would not allow the program to begin until the states permit the production of marijuana.
The agency said in a statement that it will review the applications and decide whether to grant or deny the licenses.
It will review applications from states where the production is allowed and will take into account the specific circumstances of each state.
The new rules allow patients to grow marijuana in their homes or at the home of a caregiver, a licensed caregiver or a person who is authorized to grow medical marijuana.
It does not allow for the production at a marijuana facility.
If the government does not grant the licenses, then patients who want to grow pot at home will have to get a license from another state.