California State Law falls into three categories:
Initiative law passed by California voters cannot be changed by the legislature unless it is empowered to do so. Proposition 215 is the law that voters passed in 1996.
Statutory law comes into effect when the legislature passes and governor signs a law into effect. Senate Bill (SB) 420 is the bill that was passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Gray Davis in 2013 (effective Jan. 1, 2004).
Case law is the judicial cleanup or muck-up done during the criminal prosecution of people operating within the “gray area” of the law. After a California jury has spoken and there is a conviction, the Appeals Courts and Supreme Court may choose to weigh in on the more technical elements of the law.
Follow the links on this page to find out about Medical Marijuana law.