Big Court Wins for Medical Marijuana

Users of medical marijuana in California scored a double victory this week in the state Supreme Court, which upheld a law that protects users from arrest if they show an official identification card and overturned limits on how much pot patients can possess.

The court unanimously ruled that the limits (eight ounces of dried pot, six mature plants or 12 immature plants) conflicted with Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996. Proposition 215 says patients can possess an amount “reasonably related” to current health needs, and sets no specific amounts.

The possession limits were set in a 2003 law. The Legislature voted out the limits in 2004, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed that bill.

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  1. Avatar gamerjohn says:

    The Kelly case was very important and I bet that the local DAs and cops will continue to arrest, harass, and destroy the crops of sick people. The limits were based on faulty numbers and with the bad assumption that sick people could continue to grow a rotating crop to replenish themselves.

    Unfortunately for organic growers trying to grow a regular crop a couple times a year with a legitimate need to use ounces per week, there was a serious problem with obtaining the large amount to last until the next harvest.

    By the way, I haven't used any illegal drug since 1978 and shut up about me being old.