5 Unanswered Questions About California Medical Marijuana

PHOTO: A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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California is different from other states with medical marijuana laws in the books. Instead of enforcing statewide regulation, the Golden State leaves it to cities and counties to make their own laws, which makes things pretty complicated.

We ventured out to California to find out what they got wrong and how they're trying to fix it.

Retired LA Deputy Sheriff Nick Morrow told AMERICA that the existing laws leave us with many unanswered questions.

1. How much weed can you possess?

Deputy Sheriff Nick Morrow: "The law says you can carry 8 ounces, but 8 ounces of what? Bud? Oil? Edible brownies? A combination?"

2. How many plants can you grow?

NM: "The law says six mature plants and twelve immature. What's immature or mature? Who decides which is which? What if you don't have a green thumb?"

3. Where is your weed supposed to come from? NM: "The current law doesn't say. Can your mom grow it in her back yard? Or do you need to outsource it?"

4. Can you legally buy weed?

NM: "This is pretty complicated. Technically if you have a California ID and a doctor's recommendation, you should be able to get some. The law prefers that dispensaries operate as non-profits and they call your purchase a 'donation.'"

5. Can you legally sell weed?

NM: "That's kind of murky too. California has guidelines that recommend dispensaries operate as non-profits. But they are just that, guidelines. It's not the law. Cops are still struggling to determine what is a legally operating dispensary."

Credit: Lindsay Garfield, Alcione Gonzalez

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