Concentrates Qualify as MMJ in California, Court Rules

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Cannabis concentrates producers in California can relax – their businesses are safe.

A three-judge appellate court has ruled unanimously that cannabis concentrates, including dabs, are legally qualified as medical marijuana, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The legal status of concentrates came up in court after an MMJ patient was arrested last year and charged with violating his probation because a sheriff’s deputy found cannabis concentrates in his apartment.

The judges threw out a lower court’s decision that concentrates aren’t included in the legal definition of medical marijuana under state law. The lower court erred, the judges found, in not allowing the defendant in the case to invoke California’s Compassionate Use Act in his own defense.

In the original law that California voters passed in 1996, the definition of marijuana included “the resin extracted from any part of the plant.”