Evolution of California Medical Marijuana Laws

Evolution of California Medical Marijuana Laws
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded March 9, 2015
Unit 1 Slide Deck
Unit 2 Video

In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 215, a state initiative which allows individuals suffering from a broad array of medical conditions to possess, use, and cultivate marijuana pursuant to a recommendation from a state-licensed physician.

 The enactment of Senate Bill 420 eight years later opened the door for the medical marijuana industry we see flourishing in many parts of California today. At first glance it would appear that California has a cohesive set of regulations which allow a free market of medical marijuana distribution, while at the same time protecting the rights of those involved in the industry. However, a closer look reveals no state regulatory body, a set of laws that are difficult for even lawyers and judges to understand, and in many cases little protection for those who cultivate and distribute marijuana to sick and dying people.

 As a result of California’s failure to regulate it’s medical marijuana industry, the federal government has been clear that it will continue to actively enforce federal marijuana laws within the State, even though the individuals targeted may be operating legally under California law.

 This webinar will explore the evolution of California’s medical marijuana laws from 1996 until today. We will discuss the reaction of the federal government to the implementation of these laws, and the problems that have been created for California residents attempting to work in the medical marijuana industry.



Michael E. Cindrich, Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC