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No State ID? No problem, marijuana is finally decrimininalized in California!

In District Attorney on October 3, 2010 at 7:55 am

61,164 simple possession arrests in 2009

On January 1st, 2011 San Diego County medical marijuana patients without a county issued Medical Marijuana ID Card can medicate easier knowing their simple possession of not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or hash will no longer land them in front of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ Justice Foundation courthouse judges.  No longer will patients be required to provide the doctor’s recommendation, and their doctor, as proof that the Prop 215 affirmative defense should be allowed for the charge of simple possession and that “the amount is reasonable for a patient to possess for personal consumption.”   

Yesterday, The Governator signed into law SB1449 which makes simple possession of marijuana a simple infraction punishable by a maximum fine of $100.     

That’s less than a traffic ticket and no DMV database to track all your tickets!   

Immunity From Arrest

However, even the $100 fine is too much for medical marijuana patients who could correctly protect themselves by obtaining a state issued San Diego County Medical Marijuana ID Card.  Although the San Diego County card has a ridiculous fee of $166 or $83 for Medi-Cal recipients, the card provides patients with immunity from arrest when in possession of up to eight (8) ounces of dried marijuana AND, 6 mature OR 12 immature plants.   

Do you still fear the state ID card program?  If so, the San Diego Civil Grand Jury report says you shouldn’t.  The grand jury recently investigated the Medical Marijuana ID Card Program operated by the County Health and Human Services Agency to determine if patients have any reason to fear the program.  In their report…   

The Grand Jury investigation revealed that the high fee was not as much a cause for the relatively low number of applicants as was the fear by applicants that their names and addresses would be entered into a data base available to law enforcement agents. The investigation showed that this is not the case. All transactions are held in strict confidence; law enforcement personnel entering a suspect’s ID Card number into the State data base would only be able to ascertain whether or not that card was currently valid.”   

Immunity from arrest for patients is still clearly a better option than California’s new $100 pay-and-not-get-busted plan.  To be immune from DA’ Mantis’ ongoing fierce fight against medical marijuana, patients should get their county card here, now by appointment only. 

References:
SB1449 Decriminalization Bill
San Diego Grand Jury Medical Marijuana Report (06/10) 
San Diego County Marijuana ID Card Program

San Diego Americans for Safe Access
California NORML

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