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A fter being arrested for possession and cultivation of marijuana in 1997, Myron Carlyle Mower, who smokes pot to ease the pain and symptoms of severe diabetes mellitus, argued that Proposition 215 provided him immunity from prosecution.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court wouldn’t go that far, but — to the delight of a roomful of pot advocates — the justices seemed ready to offer medical marijuana defendants an opportunity to defend themselves against narcotics charges without having to go through the ordeal of a trial.

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