Earlier this year, the California Narcotic Officers' Association left little doubt as to their position on the legalization of marijuana with a training manual entitled, "Marijuana is NOT Medicine."
So perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that in its most recent quarterly newsletter detailing marijuana case law, it is educating officers on the best ways to secure a proper arrest and conviction for low-level marijuana possession during traffic stops. The author of the article, a police officer in Citrus Heights, indicates a driver's disclosure of a doctor recommendation for medical marijuana is basis enough to justify a warrantless search of the subject vehicle and person.
He goes on to note seven questions which, if answered by the driver and/or passenger, could be used by prosecutors to diminish whatever medical marijuana defense the individual may have. The article also includes information on how to prove whether a person was medicated during work hours, noting that depending on what they do for a living, "an employer may terminate a worker who tests positive for marijuana."