Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Lawyer
Defense for Medical Marijuana Charges in Los Angeles
In California, people are permitted by state law to cultivate, distribute, and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes under Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The act was passed to help people suffering from painful, terminal illnesses and diseases. It's believed that marijuana alleviates pain, making it much easier for people living with these ailments to contend with the pain they experience each day. Under Proposition 215, people with certain illnesses and conditions can cultivate, distribute, and possess marijuana without fear of criminal repercussion, as long as they have legitimate consent from a licensed medical physician. See original
2003 California Senate Bill 420.
Medical Marijuana Controversy
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is a subject of much controversy. Supporters stand by the drug's ability to ease suffering for people with terminal illnesses and debilitating conditions, while the federal government considers possessing, cultivating, or distributing marijuana a crime, regardless of whether it's for medicinal purposes or not. The conflicting laws between the state and federal government make medical marijuana charges very confusing, and have made it difficult when it comes to prosecuting individuals for medical marijuana crimes. As a result, many people with lawful prescriptions for medical marijuana are finding themselves arrested or in trouble with the law. Furthermore, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has
urged the city council to place limits on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Related Medical Marijuana Stories in the News:
Los Angeles Times - "Master Growers Cultivating a Higher Grade of Marijuana"
Los Angeles Times - "Effort to Put Marijuana Legalization Measure on Ballot in Disarray"
Los Angeles Times - "Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Sales a Shift in Policy"
Los Angeles Times - "U.S. Govt Says Medical Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Use"
Los Angeles Times - "Justice Department Shoots Down Commercial Marijuana Cultivation"
Los Angeles Times - "LA City Council To Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries"
Los Angeles Times - "CA Supreme Court Invalidates Limits On Medical Marijuana Possession"
LA County Court Ruling - "HS Code 11362.77 -
Los Angeles Weekly - "Potshots Over Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Pot Shops"
Los Angeles Weekly - "Medical Marijuana Pot Is Bringing Los Angeles Together"
Los Angeles Weekly - "How The Potheads Outwitted The Mayor And The LA City Council"
Los Angeles Times - "UC Studies Find Promise In Medical Marijuana"
Los Angeles Times - "Los Angeles Steps Up Crackdown On Marijuana Shops"
Los Angeles Times - "LA County Charges Medical Marijuana Distributor With 24 felonies"
Los Angeles Times - "Group Pushes Back Against Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Law"
Los Angeles Times - "L.A. Officials Propose Fees For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries"
WEHONEWS.com - "West Hollywood Council Member Endorses Marijuana Legalization"
Los Angeles Times - "California May Vote On Legalizing Marijuana"
Los Angeles Times - "Marijuana Legalization Breaks The Age Barrier"
Los Angeles Times - "Court Bars Venice Dispensary From Selling Medical Marijuana"
Los Angeles Times - "$3 Million in Marijuana Found on Boat That Went Aground in Catalina"
Beverly Press - "Fees Levied Against Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries"
Los Angeles Times - "Mobile Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Riverside County"
Los Angeles Weekly - "Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Sentenced on Federal Charges"
Los Angeles Times - "Federal Judge Tosses Suit by Orange County Medical Marijuana Users"
Los Angeles Times - "Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Lose Bid To Stay Open"
Los Angeles Times - "Dispensaries Quietly Close as Los Angeles Ordinance Takes Effect"
Los Angeles Weekly - "Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Outlets Defy City"
Los Angeles Times - "He Lit Oakland's Fire For Marijuana Factories"
Los Angeles Times - "Medical Marijuana Shop Owners Appeal to L.A. City Council for Help"
Contact a Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with possession or cultivation of marijuana, even if it was for medicinal purposes, it's very important that you speak with an experienced and aggressive Los Angeles medical marijuana lawyer. If you are found guilty, you will be subjected to the same penalties you would face for growing, cultivating, or possessing marijuana illegally. These penalties include imprisonment, large fines, mandatory drug counseling, community service, probation, a mark on your permanent record, and more.
At Goldstein Law Group, we can provide you with the experienced, aggressive, and dedicated defense you need to fight your charges. With more than four decades of experience, we have developed a solid understanding of the medical marijuana laws in Los Angeles and throughout California, and are familiar with effective negotiation tactics. We are committed to providing you with the exceptional legal representation you need against your charges to help you avoid a drug crime conviction!
If you have been charged with a medical marijuana offense, your rights and freedom are in danger! To learn how we can help you fight your charges, call our law firm today!
Medical Marijuana Resources:
Medical Marijuana Cultivation & Possession Guidelines
California Supreme Court - People vs. Mentch
California Attorney General Medical Marijuana Guidelines
California Senate Bill 420
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Marijuana Policy Project
American Medical Marijuana Association
Medical Marijuana News and Information