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Dabs Are Medicine

Egged on by law enforcement, lawmakers in Sacramento last year briefly tried to write out cannabis concentrates — hash, kief, wax, and dabs — from legal protection under California’s medical marijuana law.

That won’t ever happen again, because dabs are indeed medicine, a state appellate court ruled in December.

A three-judge panel at the 3rd District Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that concentrated cannabis qualifies as medicine, and its users in California are patients, the Sacramento Bee reported.

That’s good news for Sean Patrick Mulcrevy. The 22-year-old Cameron Park man risked going to jail for a tiny stash — 3.33 grams of flowers and 0.21 grams of concentrates — after a judge ruled that his 2013 misdemeanor possession bust also violated his probation.

Lucky for him that he took the case to a higher court.

Dabbing — the heady and highly powerful practice of ingesting a small concentrated dose of cannabis — is loathed by law enforcement and prohibitionist types, and often looked down upon by some medical marijuana advocates for the intense high it delivers.

But under the 1996 Compassionate Use Act, the bible by which all California cannabis users are legal, every form of marijuana counts as medicine, the Bee noted.

“Marijuana was defined as ‘all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.,whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin,’” the paper wrote.

Absent from the list, and not medicine: hemp. Sorry, Jack Herer.