SACRAMENTO - In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that left intact a state law allowing marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, the California Highway Patrol has stopped confiscating all medical marijuana during traffic stops.
The policy change was a victory for the Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access, which sued the CHP and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this year to have the practice stopped.
The group's executive director, Steph Sherer, said the policy would send a "clear message" that patients' rights need to be protected.
"Our hope is this will ripple around the state," she said.
CHP officers received an Aug. 22 bulletin about the new policy, which allows a patient traveling on state highways to have as much as 8 ounces of marijuana if the person has a certified user identification card or written approval from a physician.