Reliable Medical Marijuana Defense Lawyer
In 1996, Proposition 215 was passed and it became legal for patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for medical purposes. There are times when a patient’s right to medical marijuana collides with state or federal laws. In these instances, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the law and can protect your interests.
The law surrounding medical marijuana, its cultivation, possession and use, is constantly evolving and changing. At the law office, I have worked hard to stay abreast of the changes in the law in order to provide my clients with the best possible counsel I can on this sometimes complex issue.
Protecting Your Right to Doctor Recommended Care
I have defended patients who use medical marijuana against a variety of drug charges, including possession of less than an ounce, possession of more than an ounce, possession with intent to sell, cultivation, transportation and trafficking of marijuana. The medical marijuana laws (Prop. 215) allow patients and caregivers to cultivate and possess medical marijuana for use by medical marijuana patients. I have a solid track record of success representing caregivers in these matters.
Caregivers are subject to some non-flexible rules. A person who wants to be a caregiver should consult an attorney before exercising any of the duties of a caretaker. California law does recognize that a group of patients can grow together as a collective or cooperative, but such groups should consult an attorney before doing so. Federal law does not recognize the concept of Medical Marijuana. Cultivation is still prohibited under Federal law and you should consult an attorney before you start any medical marijuana activities.
Even if you have not been arrested or investigated for marijuana crimes, I can help avoid those problems. Many people get entangled in the law simply because they did not take the steps to understand the laws or prevent their application beforehand. Paying a little to get advice up front is better than paying a lot to defend yourself from prosecution later. There is never a guarantee that law enforcement will not come after you, but being equipped with knowledge ahead of time can reduce that risk substantially.
I spent 19 years of my career working as a Deputy District Attorney where I prosecuted many drug related cases. My experience on both sides of drug cases coupled with my knowledge of medical marijuana law puts me in a strong position to protect your interests and create a compelling case in your defense.