Proposition 215

Medical Use of Marijuana.

Initiative Statute.

Summary: Provides that patients for defined caregivers, who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician, are exempt from general provisions of law which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana. Provides physicians shall not be punished or denied any right or privilege for recommending marijuana to a patient for medical purposes. Declares that the measure not be construed to supersede prohibitions of conduct endangering others nor to condone diversion of marijuana for non-medical purposes. Contains severability clause.

Fiscal Impact: Probably no significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.

A YES vote on this measure means: Persons with certain illnesses (and their caregivers) could grow or possess marijuana for medical use when recommended by a physician. Laws prohibiting the nonmedical use of marijuana are not changed.

A NO vote on this measure means: Growing or possessing marijuana for any purpose (including medical purposes) would remain illegal.

The State Ballot Pamphlet, published by the Secretary of State, features the text, fiscal analysis, and pro/con arguments.

Official Contact Information

Proponents: Dennis Peron
Anna T. Boyce

Contact in Support: Californians for Medical Rights
1250 Sixth Stret, #202
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-2952
Fax: (310) 451-7494

Contact in Opposition: Citizens for Drug-Free California
Sheriff Brad Gates, Chairman
4901 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(714) 476-3017

Web Sites

Supporters: Californians for Compassionate Use

Californians for Medical Rights

Republicans for Prop. 215

Opposition: None available to date

Neutral: None available to date.

This initiative was placed on the ballot through petition of the voters.
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