According to a recent report from Bloomberg, support is growing in California
for the legalization of recreational use marijuana. Bolstered by successful
ballot issues last year in Colorado and Washington, the campaign for legalizing
marijuana in California has begun. It won't be easy to get the issue
on the ballot in 2014, though. The campaign will have to collect more
than a half million signatures of supporters by February 24 to qualify
for ballot placement.
However, a recent poll shows that more than half of Californians support
legalizing marijuana and support among likely voters is even stronger.
And the growing number of people in California in support of legalization
is a reflection of the nation as a whole, where 52 percent of Americans
are in favor of decriminalizing the drug. Support is especially high among
In spite of public opinion, which is swinging toward legalization, marijuana
possession, cultivation and use continue to be illegal in most cases --
with the exception of medical use by medical cannabis card holders --
and in most states. Additionally, federal law classifies marijuana as
an illegal substance. While the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed
not to interrupt the process of regulating recreational marijuana in Colorado
and Washington following voter approval last November, it also doesn't
seem to be overly inclined to declassify marijuana as a prohibited substance
at the federal level.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Murrieta, Temecula,
Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Banning, Hemet, Corona or Riverside,
it is important to understand how the laws can impact you. The Law Office
of Nic Cocis & Associates may be able to help you get your charges
reduced or to be acquitted of them. You may also be able to serve time
in a treatment facility in lieu of jail. For more information,
contact us or call (951) 695-1400. We can help!