Sacramento, CA – On October 12th Governor Gray Davis signed S.B. 420 into law creating medical marijuana guidelines for the state of California.

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since voters enacted Proposition 215 in 1996, but until now there have been no guidelines as to what constitutes medical use.

The new law establishes a possession standard of eight ounces dried marijuana, six mature plants and twelve immature plants. Additionally, S.B. 420 establishes a voluntary statewide registry for medical cannabis users. The ID system has been created in an effort to protect legitimate medical marijuana patients from arrest.

Activists in California are split in their sentiments about S.B. 420. Ed Rosenthal, the self-proclaimed “Guru of Ganja” remarked, “I don’t believe that police, prosecutors or any part of the criminal justice system are stakeholders in making the policy decisions regarding people’s health.” Yet Jeff Jones, executive director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, has called S.B. 420 “one of the best things that’s happened to our movement.”

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