In 1996, the California voters enacted Proposition 215, codified as Health & Safety Code 11362.5: This section shall be known and may be cited as the CUA.The purpose of the prop was to ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana.
Today in California it is common for marijuana users to have, in their possession, a physician’s recommendation for the use of marijuana for its medicinal purpose. Many of us know the medicinal values of marijuana in treating illnesses such as; cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. However many of these patients are not aware of the strict guidelines found in the CUA act of 1996.
By ensuring that your medical marijuana containers have a medical label stating the following you can be more confident that you are falling within CUA Act 1996 Guidelines; “In Compliance with Ca Prop 215 SB 420 Section 11362.5 and 11362.7 of HSC. Do not drive or operate heavy equipment.Keep out of reach of children, unlawful to redistribute”. Most if not all dispensaries should be issuing medical containers containing the label above to ensure protection of their patients and their legal rights.
Along with the medical containers being distributed by your local pharmacy your containers should also be placed in pharmacy bags which also have the Prop 215 disclaimer printed on the bag itself. The purpose of these statements and labels is to identify that the medicinal marijuana in your possession is in compliance with the CUA act of 1996 and therefore under California State law you are abiding by the laws and have a right to use medical marijuana as a medicine.
So next time you’re in your favorite pharmacy or are a pharmacy owner yourself, protect yourself and your patients by providing them with the correct labeled medical containers as well as the proper pharmacy bags to ensure you are following the CUA act of 1996 and are protecting your legal rights as a California Medicinal Marijuana Patient.