From theLeafOnline.com: One of California’s most respected medical marijuana attorneys confirms that patients’ rights are protected in the upcoming initiative to reform the state’s marijuana laws.
By William G. Panzer, Attorney at Law.
If passed, California’s Proposition 64 on the 2016 ballot, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), will eliminate and reduce a number of non-medical cannabis penalties, allow many persons with criminal felony records to have their convictions reduced to misdemeanors and also some persons currently serving jail and prison sentences will be released. It will certainly have significant impact on the commercial cannabis industry in California.
There has been a lot of speculation, questioning, and just plain paranoia regarding the relationship between the 1996 Proposition 215 voter initiative, the Compassionate Use Act (CUA), and this new voter initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Prop.64 will, however, have no impact on patient rights under Prop.215 while it will grant new protections to medical cannabis users who find themselves in family or juvenile court.
To analyze how these two Propositions will interact, assuming Prop.64 passes, one must first understand the actual scope of Prop.215. Many people confuse the parameters of the CUA with those of the SB420 Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA). The CUA is fairly basic and easy to read, as compared to many other laws, including the 62-page Prop.64.
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