Is medicinal marijuana legal in California or not?

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heidegger_001 asked:

Federal law does not recognize California’s law of legalization of medicinal marijuana. However, Holder said he would only prosecute people who violate both state and federal laws.


  1. fangtaiyang says:

    The state allows medicinal use of marijuana. The federal government does not. Use without a prescription in California would be illegal both in the state and under federal law.

  2. U.S.Veteran says:

    It’s legal in the state of California but it’s illegal with the Feds who control everything, including the governator.


  3. Mutt says:

    I can’t find any reference, but I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that the Obama administration said it would not go after people that are not violating state laws on marijuana. So, it basically is a form of decriminalization at the federal level.

  4. Kat says:

    All the above answers are correct. I will only add that I’m personally aware of several dispensaries being pulled into court and treated like drug dealers. I’ve personally phoned the DEA, (In)justice Department and the White House to express my displeasure on this and ask them how they intend to prosecute these cases when you couldn’t even title them eg: The People(?) vs…….. Prosecution is directly against the will of the people.

  5. imhungry says:

    Medical Marijuana is legal under state law in California, however Federal law still prohibits it. Eric Holder’s statement did seem to infer that the Feds would only focus on people who violate State, as well as (obviously) Federal law. The Problem is, the DEA raided a medical marijuana dispensary in S.F. a week after Mr. Holder made that statement. So, who knows what to expect from them. According to them, as long as you don’t violate state law, you should be fine.
    With that being said, fuck the DEgAy & Happy 420 Everybody!!!