California inmates can now possess marijuana without facing legal consequences from the state’s health and safety code as long as they don’t consume it, thanks to a new appeals court ruling.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned criminal convictions of five Sacramento defendants who had been caught with marijuana in their prison cells. The 20-page ruling says, “Consumption, not possession, is the act voters determined should remain criminalized if the user is in prison.”
California inmates are now free to possess marijuana without fear of legal consequences by the state, thanks to a new appeals court ruling. But there are caveats.