CA High Court: State Can’t Limit Medical Pot Possession


California may not impose legal limits on the amount of pot that medical marijuana users can grow or possess, says a California Supreme Court ruling reported by the Sacramento Bee. In a case certain to exacerbate debate over the governance of medical marijuana, the court threw out legislation that limited medical pot users to 8 ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants. The judges found that limits set by legisaltors violated the Compassionate Use Act voters passed in 1996 legalizing marijuana for medical use .

That ballot measure said that medical pot users and their caregivers can possess any amount of marijuana “reasonably related to the patient’s current medical needs.” “These individuals are not subject to any specific limits and do not require a physician’s recommendation in order to exceed any such limits,” Chief Justice Ron George wrote. The ruling provided no clarification for local governments wrestling with how to regulate the explosion of storefront dispensaries selling medical marijuana. That issue may be addressed by another case pending before the Supreme Court that challenges local governments’ authority to block dispensaries from opening.

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