In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 215 and the Compassionate Use Act – commonly referred to as the medical marijuana laws – came into effect. Generally speaking, California laws (see Health & Safety Code 11362.5 et seq.) allow qualified patients and caregivers (i.e. persons with valid physician recommendations based on reasonable medical needs) to possess and use marijuana. The laws are designed to prevent citizens from being charged and prosecuted for the legal use of medical marijuana. However, law enforcement is still resistant to the legality of medical marijuana and the laws are continuously evolving in the courts and in the state and federal legislatures. For more information visit the California Dept. of Public Health website at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/MMP/Pages/default.aspx
Police officers routinely arrest persons who have valid medical marijuana recommendations because officers don’t fully understand the law, overstep or abuse their authority, or simply misinterpret a given situation. This can result in criminal prosecutions, the seizure of money and property, and serious disruptions to the lives of law-abiding citizens.
If you have been arrested for or charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell, transportation, sales, or any other drug offense, you need an attorney you can trust to fight hard, defend your rights, and defend your case. Call the Law Office of Samuel Lasser at 415.373.4000 for a free consultation.