Federal Medical Marijuana
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But there is a a glimmer of hope. The a federal court is now allowing the medical marijuana defense in the case United States of America vs. Steele Smith. More information about this case can be found here.
California Medical Marijuana Protection
The great news is that if you are being prosecuted in California for a marijuana related offense you may be protected. This includes simple possession, sales or operation of a marijuana collective or dispensary. Two key laws and several court rulings make up the medical marijuana laws in California.
Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act was passed in 1996 by California voters. This law made it possible for people to possess marijuana and use marijuana for medical reasons.
Senate Bill 420 also grants implied legal protection to the state's medicinal marijuana dispensaries, stating, "Qualified patients, persons with valid identification cards, and the designated primary caregivers of qualified patients ... who associate within the state of California in order collectively or cooperatively to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes, shall not solely on the basis of that fact be subject to state criminal sanctions."
Landmark Medical Marijuana Court Rulings
There are many cases in California and these cases continue to shape the landscape of medical marijuana in California. The bottom line is that under People v. Mower (2002) you can have your marijuana case thrown out of court before trial. Even if you were operating a collective we could convince the court to throw your criminal charges out under Mower. All the cases have one thing in common - California law protects medical marijuana users and sellers.
DO NOT REPRESENT YOURSELF IN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CASE
I have seen many well intentioned people represent themselves against the government. It may feel like you are standing up for your rights and you are getting a lot of support from the marijuana movement. As much support that you might feel from the non-lawyers shouting in your ear and cheering you on NEVER underestimate a District Attorney who will be prosecuting you. That person is well educated and familiar with the legal proceedings which you are not.
Many people think they can represent themselves against the DA. Be warned, our powerful government can and will flex its muscle when prosecuting marijuana cases. You want to go to court with an attorney like Tai C. Bogan who has gone to battle with the DA and has been victorious in medical marijuana cases. You want an attorney who can negotiate and fight for a dismissal or win your case in front of a jury.
Tai C. Bogan has a great deal of experience defending those accused of marijuana crimes. Call immediately for a confidential consultation.