Proposition Summary

MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Exempts patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician from criminal laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana. Provides physicians who recommend use of marijuana for medical treatment shall not be punished or denied any right or privilege. Declares that measure not be construed to supersede prohibitions of conduct endangering others or to condone diversion of marijuana for non-medical purposes. Contains severability clause. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Adoption of this measure would probably have no significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 5382915; A: 55.6; N: 4301960; B: 44.4

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General Election

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For Author

Richard J. Cohen, M.D., Consulting Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist), California-Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco; Ivan Silverberg, M.D., Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist), San Francisco; Anna T. Boyce, Registered Nurse, Orange County

Against Author

James P. Fox, President, California District Attorneys Association; Michael J. Meyers, M.D., Medical Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, Brotman Medical Center, CA; Sharon Rose, Red Ribbon Coordinator, Californians for Drug-Free Youth, Inc.

Rebuttal Author

Sheriff Brad Gates, Past President, California State Sheriffs' Association; Eric A. Voth, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chairman, The International Drug Strategy Institute; Glenn Levant, Executive Director, D.A.R.E. America

Rebuttal Against Author

Terence Hallinan, San Francisco District Attorney; John Vasconcellos, Assemblyman, 22nd District Author, 1995 Medical Marijuana Bill; James Canter, Cancer survivor, Santa Rosa