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December 15, 2005

Two different California perspectives on reefer madness

Two cases coming from California involving sentencing for marijuana offenses caught my attention this afternoon:

  • This article reports on a state case in which a "judge chose probation over prison yesterday as the sentence for an Oceanside man convicted of growing marijuana he said was for medicinal use."  The article not only discusses controversies over California's medical marijuana laws, but also notes that this week "federal agents raided 13 medical marijuana dispensaries around the county after an investigation in which undercover agents bought marijuana without showing the paperwork required by the state law."

  • This decision today from the Ninth Circuit highlights why federal intervention can be so consequential.  In the decision, the court quickly rejected Fifth and Eighth Amendments arguments against the imposition of a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence for offenses involving 1000 or more marijuana plants.

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