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Medical cannabis has been legislated in several US states since the 1990s. In California, the so-called Compassionate Use Act, is approved by state voters in the November 1996 elections, endorsing legalization. medical cannabis the next day. The new California law, the first of its kind in the United States, decriminalizes the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis for patients with a “written or oral” recommendation from their doctor.
Among the conditions deemed eligible by law are listed arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, HIV or AIDS, epilepsy, migraines and multiple sclerosis. The law does not specify a limit on the quantities that eligible patients can own or cultivate. California law is in direct conflict with national narcotics legislation, and in January 1998, the federal government sued the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative (OCBC), calling for a ban on the distribution of cannabis in the United States. patients. The district court makes a judgment in favor of the federal government, and the OCBC is temporarily closed.