Marijuana use for medical purposes became legal in California in 1996,
with various limitations for use, possession and cultivation. Since then,
legislators throughout the state have been seeking to further regulate
medical marijuana and impose additional limitations on the industry; for
instance, different jurisdictions have enacted tighter restrictions on
marijuana sales for medical purposes.
recent example comes from San Jose. The city has passed new legislation that places further
restrictions on medical marijuana businesses. So-called 'pot shops'
will be much more limited in where they can operate in the city. Among
the other legal constraints is that medical marijuana facilities will
need to hire security 24/7 and prove that all of their plants have been
cultivated in a neighboring county.
Medical marijuana businesses have for years been the target of drug raids.
Furthermore, individuals who use marijuana for medical purposes also run
the risk of facing serious criminal charges, even for seemingly benign,
non-violent acts that nevertheless appear to overstep a legal boundary.
The aim of law-enforcement is to try to differentiate between those who
are operating legally and those who are trying to take advantage of medical
marijuana to push illegal recreational use or sales. But the distinction
between what's legal and illegal isn't always clear in a particular
case, and sometimes people commit an illegal act unknowingly, in spite
of their intentions to comply with the law.
If you're facing charges related to the alleged unlawful use, possession
or sale of medical marijuana, be sure to
contact us. There are many little ways to violate the laws of medical marijuana use,
including exceeding the amount you're allowed to possess and, for
medical marijuana businesses, failing to comply with every exacting detail
laid out by the ordinances in a given jurisdiction.
Residents who live in or around Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee,
Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Perris, Banning, Corona or Riverside can call on
us to fight on their behalf for fair treatment in the legal system and
the best possible outcome after facing criminal charges.