While the medical use of marijuana is legal in California, it is still subject to a number of laws and the use of medicinal marijuana is still a crime under federal law. If you or a loved one has been charged with marijuana use, sale or another related charge in California despite having a medicinal marijuana license, please call a Vista criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
There are a number of different reasons a person who uses or sells marijuana for medicinal purposes may be charged with a crime related to the drug. For one thing, many police officers are not adequately trained about the Compassionate Care Act and what it means for those using marijuana for treatment of a medical condition. For another, some people who use the drug medicinally might not have a current prescription card or may not have it on them when they were stopped by the police.
Additionally, some people who legally grow marijuana for medicinal purposes sell or give away marijuana to persons without a medicinal marijuana card. Sometimes people are in possession of more marijuana than their prescription allots or use the substance in an area that is banned under state law. It is also illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of medical marijuana and a Vista DUI lawyer would always urge you not to mention your prescription to a police officer during a traffic stop.
Because there are so many restrictions on dispensaries, those working at these shops and those who own and operate them may be charged with all number of crimes, including selling marijuana to someone without a prescription card, not maintaining the location as a non-profit, or possessing more than the legally allotted amount.
Aside from these local restrictions, the federal government has not recognized the legality of state-operated medical marijuana laws, so you may also be charged by federal agency under federal law whether or not you followed all of the state laws relating to medicinal marijuana. Because these cases operate on a federal level, you will need a Vista criminal attorney that is able to operate in the federal court system like Peter M. Liss.
Whatever the specifics of your medicinal marijuana arrest, Vista criminal lawyer Peter Liss can help you fight the charges. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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