Now Available: NORML Legal Guide For Medical Marijuana Laws in California

Despite legal protections for qualified medical patients who possess a physician’s recommendation for cannabis being the law in fifteen states and the District of Columbia since 1996, there is still a tremendous gray area in the law for patients, physicians, lawyers and providers.

In response, NORML Foundation has just published a new book entitled ‘Medical Marijuana Law in California’, researched and written by NORML Legal Committee lawyers from Ventura, James Devine and Jay Leiderman.

While the name of this new legal guide implies exclusivity to California, the reality is that the legal information found in the guide is applicable to the other fourteen states and the District of Columbia that now have legal protections for qualified patients who’ve received a physician’s recommendation to posses and use medical cannabis. California’s patients and ‘cannabusinesses’ were the first in the country, starting in 1996, to legally vet most of the legal/public health concerns regarding medical cannabis (i.e., If a passenger in a car has medical cannabis on his person, is the driver liable for ‘drug transportation?‘ or ‘Can I fail a drug screen at work because I’m a state-approved medical cannabis patient?‘, ‘Can I be a medical cannabis patient and still own a gun?’, etc….).

No personal or legal library that focuses on cannabis is complete without this new book from the NORML Foundation.

If you’re a patient, cultivator, provider, physician, investor, policymaker or member of the media, the 2011 NORML ‘Medical Marijuana Law in California’ is a great and affordable source of up-to-date legal information about the current state of California’s medical marijuana laws.

Topics include:

Who can use medical marijuana and how much can they possess?

Medical marijuana in the workplace

Driver’s Licenses





Probation and Parole concerns

Concentrated cannabis products like hash, oils and ‘medibles’

Numerous other legalisms and case studies regarding medical marijuana

*Single copies of the 170-page legal guide retail for $15 (two copies for $25) and are now available online here.

**Bulk copies are available for bookstores, medical cannabis dispensaries, lawyers, physicians and organizations by emailing an inquiry to, or, by calling 202-483-5500.

Thanks for supporting cannabis law reforms, as well as supporting America’s oldest and largest public interest organization that lobbies, litigates and educates on all matters marijuana-related: NORML!

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