Where is the capital of the medical marijuana movement?

If there is a capital for the medical marijuana movement, then it would have to be in California.

An entire industry has sprouted from the legalization of medical marijuana, which occurred in 1996 through the passage of Proposition 215.

In California, patients can grow, posses and use marijuana, provided it is upon the recommendation of a doctor for medical purposes.

A patient's caregiver also may provide marijuana, although many patients purchase their marijuana from dispensaries.

The California law was updated in 2003 to allow a patient, with a note from his or her doctor, to grow up to six marijuana plants or possess no more than a half-ounce of marijuana.

Individual counties also may set their own regulations, which has caused some, like Humboldt County, to relax their standard even more. The relatively liberal regulations in California have prompted numerous legal co-ops and medical marijuana dispensaries to pop up across the state.

However, dispensaries, growers and other middlemen often are at odds with the federal government and federal law enforcement agencies that conduct raids on larger suppliers. Despite those raids, however, the federal government rarely arrests the patients who are using medical marijuana.

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