Antioch Man Cannot Use Medical Marijuana While on Probation For Pot Sales, Court Rules

A state appeals court ruled in San Francisco on Monday that trial judges can ban the use of medical marijuana in some cases as a condition of probation for people convicted of possessing the drug for sale.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a sentence in which Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Leslie Landau last year prohibited Daniel Leal, 28, of Antioch, from using medical marijuana during his three years of probation.

Leal was sentenced to the probation term as well as to nine months in county jail after being convicted of possessing marijuana for sale in two incidents in Antioch in 2008 and 2009 and carrying a concealed, loaded gun in the first incident.

Leal, who has completed his jail sentence, appealed the probation condition barring him from using medical marijuana.

He argued the ban violated his right to use the substance under the state’s voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which allows patients with a doctor’s approval to use marijuana for medical purposes.

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