Medical Marijuana Defense Lawyer in Santa Rosa
Understanding the Compassionate Use Act
While many states, including California, haven taken strides to legalize
marijuana or create means for those who need it for medicinal purposes
to acquire it, there are still areas of the law that lack. Laws regarding
medical marijuana have been passed in California legal system time and
time again, starting back in 1996. That is when Proposition 215 was passed,
which ultimately decriminalized using, possessing, and cultivating medical
marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act. Over time, the law expanded
to protect qualified individuals from transportation charges as well.
This meant that all patients and caregivers who qualified could avoid
However, there has been consistent debate over what exactly should qualify
a person for use of medical marijuana. As of now, all that is required
is the approval of a physician. Furthermore, there are certain restrictions
and laws that can still land a person in trouble with the law. If you
have been charged with a marijuana crime despite being a qualified patient
or caregiver, you need a
Santa Rosa drug crime lawyer who can defend your future.
Schedule a phone consultation with The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia today!
What is the Medical Marijuana Program Act?
After the Compassionate Use Act came the Medical Marijuana Program Act
in 2003. California Legislature passed this act to provide additional
immunity for medical marijuana users. Specifically, the act provided protection
from prosecution regarding possession for sale, transportation, and other
Even more importantly, the act indirectly made it legal for storefront
dispensaries and delivery services to exist. Under the new act, these
associations are granted immunity so long as they operate as a collective
What are my rights under the law?
Under the Medical Marijuana Program Act, qualified patients and caregivers
now have safe guidelines on how much marijuana that they can legally possess
The act created the following specifications for primary caregivers and
- As much as 8 ounces of dried and processed marijuana
- Up to 8 mature or 12 immature marijuana plants
Not only that, but local governments possess the power to increase these
limits as they see fit. For example, Sonoma County permits qualified patients
to possess up to three pounds of a processed bud or plant conversion.
Furthermore, it allows for a maximum of 30 plants to be cultivated within
100 square feet.
Facing charges for medical marijuana?
While California has put many laws into place that are designed to protect
and safeguard the rights of medical marijuana patients and their primary
caregivers, law enforcement still targets individuals who use this drug
for medicinal purposes. If you are qualified patient with a valid ID card
and you have been detained, questioned, or charged with a marijuana crime,
you need to retain legal defense right away. As a Santa Rosa medical marijuana
defense lawyer, I can step in and advocate for your rights under state laws.
Have questions about medical marijuana and drug charges? Need legal representation?
Call my firm today for counsel backed by more than a decade of proven experience.