Monday, May 18, 2009

Supreme Court Upholds California Medical Marijuana Law

Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the California law legalizing medical marijuana. In 1996, California voters voted for a referendum allowing chronically ill patients to be prescribed marijuana as a pain killer provided they are properly registered with the State of California. Once a patient was registered, they are issued cards allowing them to use the marijuana. San Diego and San Bernardino counties refused to honor the cards claiming that California law could not be enforced because it was contrary to the federal law passed by Congress in 1970. The counties lost in 2 lower courts and before the court of appeals in July of 2008. The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeals from the counties effectively closing the case and upholding the legality of California's medical marijuana law.

Twelve states throughout the country have similar laws. Illinois is attempting to become the thirteenth state.

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1 comment:

California Medical Marijuana said...

California law does not establish a state-run registry or establish maximum allowable amounts of Marijuana.

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