Medical Marijuana Sentence Reduction Bill Introduced in California

State Assemblyman John Burton (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation (AB 2120) that would provide some relief for patients who choose to cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill (AB 2120) would reclassify such personal cultivation and use of medical marijuana as a misdemeanor, thereby allowing judges to grant a wide variety of sentencing alternatives. Currently, marijuana cultivation in California is categorized as a felony offense and those found guilty may be subject to up to three years in state prison.

The medical sentence reduction bill is scheduled to be heard before the Public Safety Committee of the State Assembly in March. Burton’s bill represents the fourth year in a row that the state legislature has attempted to reconcile the continuing demand from the medical community for access to medical marijuana.

“This bill is a real … effort to relieve the suffering of thousands of seriously ill people,” says Dennis Peron, Director of Californians for Compassionate Use. “This is surely the least we can do.”

The Californians for Compassionate Use coalition is currently attempting to place a medical marijuana initiative on the 1996 general election ballot by collecting 600,000 signatures by April 20, 1996.

For more information, please contact Dennis Peron of CCU at (415) 621-3986.