In advance of a March 1 deadline to act, Los Angeles County supervisors voted last week to issue a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The temporary moratorium will allow the supervisors to consider a permanent ban on cultivation in those areas.
Medical marijuana dispensaries already prohibited
Storefront dispensaries are already banned in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, but the supervisors declined to ban marijuana delivery services.
Since 1996, the use of marijuana in California has been legal, provided that the patient has a lawful prescription. Marijuana can be used to treat a broad range of medical conditions. The only time a person can be charged with using marijuana is when they are using the drug illegally. Legal usage of marijuana includes patients with a doctor’s note, individuals with a state-issued license for the cultivation of medicinal marijuana, and licensed caregivers of marijuana patients.
Robert Helfend is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience in defending clients throughout Southern California. He knows exactly how to defend clients who are facing medical marijuana charges. Whether you are a medical marijuana patient, a licensed caregiver or a dispensary operator, Robert Helfend can help with possession, distribution, cultivation or trafficking charges related to medical marijuana.
He can also help you navigate the increasingly complex patchwork of local ordinances that have been enacted in an effort to frustrate marijuana dispensaries and marijuana cultivation in communities throughout Los Angeles County and Southern California.
Even though medical marijuana has been legal in California for 20 years, the questions it raises are far from settled here. Patients, caregivers and dispensary operators continue to be charged with drug possession, drug manufacturing and distribution and even drug trafficking – all despite the fact that medicinal marijuana is perfectly legal in the State of California, provided that all legal conditions have been met.
Don’t settle for convictions or alternative sentences, when you meet all of the legal requirements of California’s medicinal marijuana statutes. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County medical marijuana case.
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