Medical Marijuana Guidelines in the Works

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Medical marijuana users in the Sacramento region can expect guidelines, possibly by the end of the year, on how much pot they can grow without being prosecuted.

District attorneys in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba and Amador counties are hoping to produce uniform standards that were left out of Proposition 215. The 1996 state initiative allows people with severe medical conditions to use marijuana with a doctor's permission.

But the law has left unclear enforcement guidelines for authorities and users, because it conflicts with federal narcotics laws that still make growing or owning marijuana illegal. The law also fails to define how much marijuana should be legal for medical use, said Yuba County Dist. Atty. Patrick McGrath.

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