California v. Young

111 Cal. Rptr. 2d 726, 92 Cal. App. 4th 229 (2001)

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California v. Young

California Court of Appeal
111 Cal. Rptr. 2d 726, 92 Cal. App. 4th 229 (2001)

Facts

James Young (defendant) was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. When asked whether any drugs were present in the car, Young admitted that marijuana was in a gift bag located in the car. The police officer found marijuana, paraphernalia for consuming marijuana, and burnt marijuana cigarettes in the gift bag. A subsequent search of the car found several other bags of marijuana. During the stop, Young handed the police officer a letter from Young’s physician authorizing Young to use medical marijuana to treat arthritis and depression. Young was convicted of drug trafficking under the California statute prohibiting the transportation of marijuana. Young appealed, and the appellate court considered whether California’s medical-marijuana law allowed medical-marijuana users to engage in conduct that would otherwise violate the state’s ban on transporting marijuana.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sims, J.)

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