California has been at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement since it passed the Compassionate Use Act back in 1996 that allowed ill residents to smoke marijuana with a doctor's note.
Since then, the marijuana movement has come up through the ranks in public opinion to the point where recreational use is now legal in a handful of states. Medical marijuana has thrived despite being the subject of DEA raids, crackdowns by the federal government and social opposition.
With so much stacked against it, how did the medical marijuana movement manage to go mainstream? Why has recreational use not been legalized in California?
Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht has been taking an in depth look at the movement in California, tracing its history from fledgling ballot measure to a lucrative industry that served as a launching point for liberalization across the country.
Peter Hecht, senior writer at the Sacramento Bee and author of "Weed Land: Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit" (University of California Press, 2014)