Joint Laws Transforming California
By Joaquin Vazquez
After 20 years of limited authority for certain medical only cannabis activities, two new systems of California law are dramatically altering the regulatory landscape for both medical and nonmedical cannabis. As the state gears up for the issuance of licenses for cannabis industry businesses, the menace of federal illegality persists as the nation inaugurates a presidential administration that has not yet indicated if it will enforce federal cannabis laws.
California’s Medical Cannabi Regulatory Foundation
In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act. (Health & Saf. Code, § 11362.5 et seq.) It protects patients and primary caregivers from criminal prosecution for the possession or cultivation of cannabis for personal medical purposes with the approval of a physician.