California Court Rules That Cannabis Concentrates Qualify as Medical Marijuana

Good news for medical marijuana patients in California: cannabis concentrates qualify as medical marijuana thanks to a a unanimous state appellate court ruling in Sacramento. The ruling came about after a medical marijuana patient was charged with violating probation for possession of cannabis concentrates. However, because concentrated cannabis is covered under California’s Compassionate Use Act (or CUA), the probation violation was overturned.

Although the CUA doesn’t technically define cannabis or concentrates in its wording, according to The Sacramento Bee, “the terms had already been defined in other sections of the law when the CUA was approved by voters 18 years ago.” In those instances, cannabis was defined as “all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.,whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin.”

Thus, by the above definition, cannabis concentrates are an acceptable form of medical marijuana. Hooray!