California Supreme Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical-cannabis-card-californiaThe San Francisco Chronicle reports on a major victory for medical marijuana proponents with this ruling by California’s Supreme Court:

In a victory for medical marijuana users, the state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law that protects them from arrest if they show police official identification cards. The court also overturned a law that limits how much pot patients can carry and how many plants they can grow.

The court unanimously ruled that the limits – 8 ounces of dried marijuana, six mature plants or 12 immature plants – conflicted with Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative that made California the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.

Prop. 215 said a patient, with a doctor’s approval, could possess an amount of marijuana that was “reasonably related to the patient’s current medical needs,” and set no numerical limits.

The 2003 legislation, which allowed a jury to convict a defendant who possessed or grew more than the specified amounts, “takes away from rights granted by the initiative” and is therefore an invalid amendment, Chief Justice Ronald George said in the court ruling…

[continues in the San Francisco Chronicle]


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