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.
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. We are dedicated to the rights of medical marijuana patients, growers, collectives, and doctors. 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:
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
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