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Why is Medical Marijuana Legal

Prop215 allows California residents to use cannabis as medicine with a doctor's recommendation.

Proposition 215 (HS 11362.5) was passed in 1996 by a 56% majority of California voters in November 1996. That is more California votes than Presidents Clinton, Bush or most other elected official have received.

Prop 215 allows California residents to use cannabis as medicine with a doctor’s recommendation and states the following: The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows: (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the persons health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. SB 420 is a compromise that considered much input from patients and reformers. It clears up certain implementation issues surrounding Prop 215 (HS11362.5) and formulates a voluntary system to protect patients from arrest. It sets biased and unrealistic standards as the default baseline for protection, but also empowers localities to adopt scientific local medical marijuana guidelines. 
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