Medical Pot Possession Cases Thrown Out, Dropped Up North
Last week we told you how some Southern California California juries were letting medical marijuana dispensary operators off the hook in recent pot possession and trafficking cases. Now it looks like some juries up north are also letting medical pot sellers and users walk away after they've been charged with possessing too much weed.
Two cases in Northern California ended up being tossed in light of a California Supreme Court ruling in January that invalidated the state's legislative limits on how much pot a medical marijuana patient can possess. The court stated that those who approved Prop. 215 did not specify an amount and that only the voters -- not the legislature -- could say how much was too much: 215 never really spelled it out, leaving an open question.
As a result, according to the Associated Press, not only are some cases against medical marijuana sellers and users being tossed out of court, but some prosecutors are getting cold feet about moving against potential suspects, even if they're caught with a lot of weed.
"Gray is not a good color for the law," Shasta County District Attorney Gerald Benito told the AP. "It makes it very difficult for us to enforce the law -- I think everyone is crying out for a clear line."
Clarification might come in the way of a November ballot initiative in California that seeks to make possession of up to one ounce of pot, medical or not, legal for those 21 and older.