Medical Marijuana Criminal Defense in California
Is medical marijuana legal?
The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 legalized the use of marijuana in California, for medical purposes. Under this Act, Californians have the right to use marijuana for medical purposes when lawfully prescribed by a physician who has deemed that the patient would experience relief with this treatment. Anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, migraine, arthritis and glaucoma are all medical conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed. It may also be prescribed for various other illnesses relieved by marijuana. Drug charges can only be pressed against marijuana users if they are taking the drug illegally. When is it OK to possess marijuana?
- If you have a doctor’s note prescribing medical marijuana
- If you have a state-issued license for drug-manufacturing
- If you are the caregiver of someone who takes medical marijuana
In spite of the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, people throughout Los Angeles and the entire state have been arrested for or accused of criminal offenses related to marijuana. There are an estimated 200 medical marijuana facilities operating across Southern California. With a doctor’s recommendation, you can walk into any of these and buy marijuana legally. There are many defenses that can be used, if a person is being prosecuted for possessing marijuana and I can help you explore which method would be the best for your case.
As a criminal defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience, I understand the exact boundaries of the Compassionate Use Act. I know how what to do for clients who are facing state or federal charges related to medical marijuana and can offer knowledgeable, uncompromising legal counsel to protect their freedom. Licensed caregivers and patients alike have faced possession, distribution, cultivation or trafficking charges even when they were for medical purposes. My goal is to provide the level of representation that offers them the best opportunity of avoiding a conviction, imprisonment and any other penalties.
Medical marijuana has been a tricky issue in California for a while. While the federal raids have ended against medical marijuana- a new issue glimmers on the horizon: legislation that will impose significant limits on medical marijuana. In recent news, Los Angeles officials passed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries last month. An ordinance passed by the City Council recently issued that marijuana may only be cultivated by a group of three people or less- and outlawed storefront sales of medical marijuana. The head of a medical marijuana trade group called this ordinance “heartless” and said it “denies patients their right to assemble and care for one another.”
Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Lawyer
Because medical marijuana is currently under such fire, it is imperative you hire a medical marijuana lawyer, if you have been charged with illegally possessing marijuana. Now is a volatile time- but your every constitutional right should be protected. You cannot be prosecuted for something that is a crime and you should not surrender to hostile treatment for doing something that was not unlawful!
You can rest assured, that if you hire me, I will do everything in my power to protect you and preserve your innocence. It is not enough to simply accept a plea bargain or alternative sentence as an easy way out. If I believe my client has a case, I will not give up. I will fight tirelessly on their behalf, using all of my resources and experience to achieve the best possible result. I represent clients in the greater Los Angeles area in the face of marijuana possession, distribution and cultivation charges and handle cases involving marijuana dispensaries or other large-scale operations.
You can find out more about medical marijuana and your legal rights in this regard by contacting my offices. I can talk to you about your particular charges to determine the best approach. Contact Attorney Robert Helfend today for a confidential review of your case!