Tag: medical marijuana reform
The California Supreme Court today in a much-anticipated decision, People v. Kelly, ruled for medical marijuana patients and caregivers and invalidated part of a legislative amendment to the state's medical marijuana law that imposed limits on the amount of pot one could grow or possess in order to raise the state statute as an affirmative defense in a criminal case.
Today's decision also affirms protection from arrest and prosecution for patients who both possess a state-issued identification card and comply with state or local personal use guidelines.
"The California Supreme Court did the right thing by abolishing limits on medical marijuana possession and cultivation," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy group. "At the same time, the Court may have left too much discretion to law enforcement in deciding what are reasonable amounts of medicine for patients to possess and cultivate."
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Some good news in the medical marijuana area today. The Supreme Court has refused to hear challenges by San Diego and San Bernadino counties to California's medical marijuana law.
The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from San Diego and San Bernardino counties, which say the justices have never directly ruled on whether California's law trumps the federal controlled substances laws.
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