California lawmakers on Wednesday struck down a state law that would have legalized medical marijuana in the Golden State.
Lawmakers from both parties said the measure violated federal law.
The measure would have allowed doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to people suffering from chronic pain, as long as the patient could prove that they needed the drug.
California’s measure would also have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries and retail outlets to sell marijuana products in the state.
The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said the law is not only unconstitutional, but dangerous because it would allow people with serious medical conditions to be prosecuted for marijuana possession.
He said the state has a “moral obligation” to prevent states from legalizing the drug in California.
Becerra said that a medical marijuana user would not be able to legally possess more than a gram of marijuana per day, which is the maximum allowed under federal law for a medical condition.
He also said the new law would have violated the states’ prohibition on the use of marijuana in interstate commerce, because California is not a U.S. state.