CALIFORNIA MEDICAL CANNABIS LAWS

Proposition 215
Proposition 215 was a proposition in the state of California on the November 5, 1996 ballot. It passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against.

Also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the proposition was a state-wide voter initiative authored by Dennis Peron, Valerie Corral (http://wamm.org), Dale Gieringer, William Panzer, Steve Kubby [1], San Francisco Richard Cohen and Ivan Silverberg, and by nurse Anna Boyce of Orange County, and approved by California voters. It allows those with a valid doctor’s recommendation to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use. The Act added Section 11362.5 to the California Health and Safety Code. This law has caused much conflict in the United States between states’ rights advocates and those who support a stronger federal presence.

Although “Compassionate Use” is now protected in California law, the federal government continues to effect prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act. The constitutionality of the act was recently challenged, but subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court (cf. Gonzales v. Raich). Upon announcement of the Supreme Court decision, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly suspended the operation of programs related to compassionate use, but was compelled to resume after Attorney General Bill Lockyer issued a memo stating the Supreme Court ruling does not change any laws involving medical marijuana in California, it only confirmed that federal raids by the DEA were in fact legal and could continue to take place.

Reference
Link to complete Proposition 215 text

California State Senate Bill 420

Senate Bill 420 was passed by the California Legislature to address vague provisions of Proposition 215. The bill was signed into effect by outgoing Governor Gray Davis in 2003. which reflects a compromise between patients’ advocates and law enforcement, includes controversial state guidelines regarding how much Marijuana patients may grow and possess without being subject to arrest. It also requires counties to implement a voluntary patient identification card system and other provisions to protect patients and their caregivers from arrest. The guidelines, which were hotly disputed by California NORML and other patients’ advocates, allow patients up to 6 mature or 12 immature plants and up to one-half pound of dried, processed marijuana. Patient advocates had pushed for more liberal guidelines, such as those adopted by Sonoma County, which allow up to 99 plants in a 100 square foot growing area plus 3 pounds of marijuana. The final guidelines were decided in a last-minute legislative deal by Attorney General Lockyer and Sen. Vasconcellos in order to get the bill passed. In other provisions, SB 420: Recognizes the right of patients and caregivers to associate collectively or cooperatively to cultivate medical marijuana.; Disallows marijuana smoking in no smoking zones, within 1000 feet of a school or youth center except in private residences, on school buses, in a motor vehicle that is being operated, or while operating a boat.; Protects patients and caregivers from arrest for transportation and other miscellaneous charges not covered in 215.; Allows probationers, parolees, and prisoners to apply for permission to use medical marijuana; however, such permission may be refused at the discretion of the authorities.; Makes it a crime to fraudulently provide misinformation to obtain a card, to steal or misuse the card of another, to counterfeit a card, or to breach the confidentiality of patient records in the card program.

Reference
Link to complete CA SB420 text

LEGAL RESOURCES

Green Aid – Legal Defense Fund
www.green-aid.com
As a new player in this diverse arena, GREEN AID seeks to establish itself as a key partner among others already hard at work for marijuana reform over the last three decades.

Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana
www.wamm.org
The Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a collective of seriously ill patients who work to educate the general public regarding the medical benefits of marijuana.

PATIENT ACTIVISM

It is critical that you, the patients and citizens of this city, let your voices be heard. Democracy only works when you participate! Please call, email, or write your supervisor and let them know that you support continuing to allow medical cannabis dispensaries in ALL districts of San Francisco!

San Francisco District Supervisors
www.sfgov.org
District 1 Eric Mar District
2 Mark farrell District
3 David Chiu District
4 Carmen Chu District
5 Christina Olague District
6 Jane Kim District
7 Sean Elsbernd District
8 Scott Weiner District
9 David Campos District
10 Malia Cohen District
11 John Avalos

San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force
www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=2157
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 34-10, the Medical Cannabis Task Force was created to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to medical cannabis. During each year of its operation the Task Force shall submit to the Board of Supervisors an annual report summarizing its recommendations.

Americans For Safe Access
www.safeaccessnow.org
Americans for Safe Access is the largest national grassroots coalition working to protect the rights of patients and doctors to legally use marijuana for medical purposes.

Marijuana Policy Project
www.mpp.org
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people.

Drug Policy Alliance
www.drugpolicy.org
The Alliance is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs. Among other causes, the Drug Policy Alliance works to make marijuana legally available for medical purposes.

NORML Organization
www.canorml.org
California NORML is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to reforming California’s marijuana laws. Our mission is to establish theright of adults to use cannabis legally.

NEARBY HEALTH & MEDICAL FACILITIES

Map of Nearby Health & Medical Facilities

Nearby Health Facilities
SF DPH Medical Cannabis ID Card Program
www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/oservices/medSvs/MCID
Medical Cannabis Voluntary Identification Card Program Description and Application Instructions.

California State Medical Marijuana Forms
www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/Pages/MedicalMarijuanaProgram.aspx

Project CBD
www.projectcbd.com
Project CBD is a not- for-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the Cannabis plant.

MediCann
www.medicann.com
MediCann is an organization of alternative medicine clinics committed to providing a stress-free, holistic environment where patients in need of medicinal marijuana receive a cost-effective, expert evaluation by a licensed medical professional.

Nearby Health & Medical Facilities
Castro Holistic Health Center
2191 Market St #D
San Francisco, CA 94114
415 864 3453

The Women’s Community Clinic
2166 Hayes Street, Suite 104,
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 379 7800

Maitri AIDS Hospice
401 Duboce Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 558 3000
info@maitri.org

Haight Medical Center
1342 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 552 0916

California Pacific Medical Center
45 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
415 600 6000
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Natural Medicine Works
207A Sanchez Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 513 7270
www.natmedworks.com

Schizandra Health Center
493 Sanchez St,
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 553 8886

UCSF Medical Center
350 Parnassus Ave # 706
San Francisco, CA 94143
415 476 6880
ucsfhealth.org

Saint Mary’s Medical Center
450 Stanyan St # A
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 668 1000
stmarysmedicalcenter.org

Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
612 Clayton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 487 5632
hafci.org

Grace Medical Center
1660 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115.
415 931 2015

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