Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-255.1 Medical marijuana.
The purpose of this section is to ensure that patients, for whom marijuana has been
recommended by a physician, suffer no punishment or penalty for obtaining, possessing, and/or
using medicinal marijuana and/or paraphernalia used to consume medicinal marijuana.
Seriously ill adults who obtain and use marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia for
medicinal purposes pursuant to the recommendation of a physician shall not be subject to arrest,
prosecution, punishment or sanction. Physicians who recommend marijuana for their patients
shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, punishment or sanction. If an adult obtains
physicians recommendation for marijuana use after an arrest, such charges shall be dismissed.
this provision is held invalid, then a maximum fine of fifty (50) dollars may be imposed. There
shall be a strong presumption that the appropriate disposition is to defer prosecution or to
suspend imposition of sentence. All such matters shall only be referred to the Municipal
Prosecuting Attorney, and no other prosecuting attorney, and the Municipal Prosecuting Attorney
shall not refer the matter to any other prosecutor, agency, or office, unless the adult is also
charged with a felony offense arising from the same set of facts and circumstances. The term
seriously ill adults shall include patients who suffer from side-effects of the treatment
cancer, HIV/AIDS or symptoms of multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine headaches,
chronic severe pain, or any other serious condition for which marijuana provides relief and for
which a duly-licensed physician has recommended such use.
The provisions of this section are severable. If any provision of this section is declared
invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions of the section which can be given effect
without the invalid provision.
Any city ordinance or regulation that is inconsistent with this section shall be null and
(Ord. No. 18187, § 1, 8-2-04)
Editor's note--Ord. No. 18187, passed by city council on August 2, 2004, called for election;
said ordinance was passed by the voters on November 2, 2004.
(Ord. Passed by Voters; 11-2-04; Proposition 1, Added, 11/02/2004)