The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop 215)
Passed by 56% of California voters in 1996, this law provides an exemption from prosecution to patients and caregivers that possess or cultivate marijuana for personal medical purposes. This law did not make marijuana legal. The law allows patients and caregivers who have been approved by a licensed California physician to present an affirmative medical marijuana defense in court.
If the doctor who approves you has a disreputable past (for instance, has had problems with the Medical Board or legal issues), you may have a hard time proving a medical marijuana defense if you get in trouble. You should make sure the doctor that evaluates you has a license in good standing with no history of probationary action by the Medical Board. You can check any California doctor for free by going to the Medical Board of California site. Doctors who have low prices have been known to disappear or be unreliable for verification – they truly are there just to make money. All of Canna-Centers doctors have spotless records and stand behind their approvals because the Medical Board guidelines and standard of care are followed every step of the process! We have been in this medical specialty since 2008 and have a reputation as the best!
Senate Bill 420
This bill was passed in the California legislature in 2002. Its goal was to define some of the vague language in Prop 215 by outlining where patients could use (and not use) medical marijuana, how much marijuana that patients and caregivers could possess and grow, and it set up a voluntary state ID card system that provides those who register with protection from arrest. It also compelled the Attorney General to set regulations for collectives and co-ops.
In January 2010, the California Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the Second Appellate District Court who overturned a patient's conviction on the grounds that "legislatively-imposed limits on possession and cultivation of medical marijuana are an unconstitutional restriction of the voter-approved Prop 215". What the court essentially said was that the limits outlined in Senate Bill 420 are not constitutional; patients may have what is "medically necessary" but they must be able to prove medical necessity in court if they are arrested for going over the limits set by SB 420. Most legal experts in this field recommend that patients stay within the limits of Senate Bill 420 unless they have extensive medical documentation that proves a need for more medication.