Thursday, January 21, 2010

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Limits

By Jonathan Riley
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday to strike down a law that sought to impose limits on the amount of marijuana that medical patients may legally possess, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The court said that because Proposition 215, the medical marijuana ballot measure that passed in 1996, allows patients to possess an unspecified amount of marijuana, it was wrong for the state Legislature to mandate an eight-ounce limit in 2003. Only voters, the court said, can make changes to amendments that have been added to the state constitution through the initiative process.

This victory for medical marijuana proponents comes in the wake of a defeat on Tuesday, when the Los Angeles City Council voted to close around 800 dispensaries operating in the city. A California assembly committee approved a recreational marijuana legalization bill for the first time ever on Jan. 12, but it was killed later that week. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who introduced the bill, is waiting to give it a second shot until after November, when a marijuana legalization measure may very well appear on the ballot.

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