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California Medical Marijuana Laws and Prop 19

California Medical Marijuana Laws and Prop 19

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 07/18/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

by Evan Nison

Evan is a Director of NY Patients Fist, the Ballot Initiative Coordinator for NORML-NJ, President of Ithaca College’s chapter of SSDP, and a member of the Volunteer Steering Committee for the California Tax and Regulate Campaign.


California’s marijuana legalization initiative, Prop 19, has been getting worldwide publicity over the past few months. Many California residents are slightly confused about the bill since we are still so early in the campaign. Some of these people who still don’t have a full grasp on what the passage of Prop 19 would mean for them are current medical marijuana patients in California who have already seen medical marijuana doctors in CA and obtained a California medical marijuana card.

Some of these patients are misinformed because of rumors that have been swirling around California, especially up north in the Emerald Triangle. Some of these patients are scared about any changes to the system since they have been lucky enough to enjoying the limited scope of Prop 215. However, they have nothing to fear.

Let me explain why.

Proposition 19, or the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, makes it clear that in fact it leaves Prop 215 and SB 420 completely intact. Medical cannabis patients will still be allowed to medicate in public when they need to. This also includes the right for patients to grow more than the 25 square foot permitted.

What Prop 19 will do is give adults 21 and older who are non-patients, the right to posses up to an ounce and grow in a 25 sq foot area. Prop 19 would simply set up an alternative regulation system for non-medical marijuana patients. If anything, this will take the pressure from the DEA off of medical cannabis patients and on to recreation smokers.

Prop 215 was a great first step to reforming California medical marijuana laws, and Prop 19 is the next historic step California should, and will, take to remain a marijuana law leader.

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