California cities are moving to amend their medical marijuana ordinances to specifically prohibit medical marijuana cultivation. Officials in many California cities say that new state laws that take effect March 1, 2016 will limit their ability to ban marijuana cultivation.
Medical marijuana cultivation an ordinance target
When the new laws take effect, the State of California’s Department of Agriculture will become the only entity with licensing authority over the cultivation of medical marijuana. Local ordinances on the books on March 1 will still be observed by the Department of Agriculture, so municipalities are racing to update their local medical marijuana ordinances to include a prohibition on medical marijuana cultivation.
Some state lawmakers are attempting to pass new legislation that removes the March 1 deadline for municipalities to act. If that language is approved, cities would retain the right to modify local ordinances governing the cultivation of medical marijuana. Currently, about one-third of California cities have enacted a ban on medical marijuana cultivation.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend takes medical marijuana defense cases. If you’ve been arrested for cultivating, purchasing, possessing or using medical marijuana, or have been arrested on other charges related to the state’s medical marijuana laws, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney fighting on your behalf.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years’ of experience in Los Angeles County courtrooms and courts throughout Southern California. He specializes exclusively in criminal defense, and in his years of practice, he has amassed significant experience in winning the best possible outcome for his clients. He handles each case personally, and will never hand your medical marijuana defense off to a less experienced attorney.
When you’re facing medical marijuana related charges in California, you need an experienced, diligent criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. He can assemble the legal and medical resources you need to mount an aggressive, effective defense. 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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