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Court Says California Prisoners May Possess Weed

KCBS Radio Midday News
June 13, 2019 - 10:16 am

It's legal for inmates to have small amounts of marijuana in California state prisons, according to a ruling from a California court

California's recreation marijuana law, which permits possession of less than an ounce of cannabis, applies to inmates too, according to the Third District Court of Appeal.

Although possessing weed is not a problem, state law bans smoking it or consuming it in other forms in prison. Prison officials may also still punish inmates who are found with pot if it's a violation of other rules. 

The ruling overturned the Sacramento County convictions of five inmates who'd been found with marijuana in their cells. 

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is reviewing the ruling and deciding whether to appeal it, his office said.

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