U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Ban On Medical Marijuana
As a result, a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor may not smoke prescribed marijuana to ease her pain even though California voters have approved its medicinal use.
Under federal law (The Controlled Substances Act, 1970) marijuana use for any purpose is illegal. The federal law has not stopped a number of states from enacting medical marijuana legislation. California was one of the first. In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 215, The Compassionate Use Act, legalizing marijuana for medical use. Proposition 215 permits seriously ill Californians to use marijuana, provided they first obtain a doctor's recommendation. Proposition 215 also gives doctors a legal defense against professional or legal sanctions for recommending marijuana use.
Proposition 215 put California law in direct conflict with federal law.
-Medical marijuana in California