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Calif. Court Says Pot Legalization Doesn’t Extend To Prisons

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Calif. Court Says Pot Legalization Doesn’t Extend To Prisons

Law360 (June 10, 2020, 7:31 PM EDT) — A California state appeals court has ruled that possession of cannabis is still illegal in prisons despite legalization of the drug in the Golden State, rejecting the findings of a similar case currently under review by the state’s high court.

A panel of three appellate judges found on June 5 that Artemis Whalum, who a year before the drug was legalized was sentenced to two additional years for marijuana possession while in prison, can’t petition for early release because the state’s penal code wasn’t affected by Proposition 64, which allows Californians to possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis.

“Because neither the…

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