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Is Medical Marijuana Legal in CA?

Know Your Rights Under the California Medical Marijuana Act

If you have questions about your rights pertaining to the California Medical Marijuana Act and the California Medical Marijuana Program, it is important to secure legal help. Our team at Blumenthal Law Offices is passionate about protecting the innocent and fighting for the accused. If you have been arrested for an offense related to your use of medical marijuana, it is imperative that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our team at Blumenthal Law Offices offers tough, strategic representation for the accused. We know your rights. We know how to protect them.

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In the state of California, it is legal for patients and their caregivers to cultivate / possess medical marijuana with approval from a doctor who is licensed in California. This is explained in Proposition 215—or the California Compassionate Use Act—which went into effect in November of 1996. Learn more by reading California Health & Safety Code 11362.5.

Additionally, in January of 2004, a new legislative statute known as SB420 effectively broadened the scope of the California Compassionate Use Act. These newer permissions can be found in California Health & Safety Code 11362.7-.83. Among other things, SB420 ensured that patients could establish collectives or cooperatives for the purpose of cultivating medical marijuana. It also founded the use of a statewide identification card system, to be used on a volunteer basis and with conjunction from county health departments.

Under these laws, medical marijuana is legal in the state of California, and patients with the approval of licensed doctors may not be arrested for cultivating, transporting, or possessing medical cannabis within the limits prescribed by law. Other offenses are also protected under California law. If you have questions about your rights after an arrest, don’t hesitate to speak with a marijuana criminal defense lawyer in Riverside at Blumenthal Law Offices.

I Have a Medical Card – Am I Protected?

Proposition 215 listed numerous illnesses as basis for medical marijuana usage, including:

  • AIDs
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Anorexia

The law does not limit which conditions are eligible for treatment by medical marijuana. Physicians, surgeons, and osteopaths may prescribe cannabis for any symptom or condition as they see fit. Some medical practitioners such as herbal therapists and chiropractors are not licensed in the state of California and are therefore not eligible to supply a recommendation for use of cannabis that will be recognized in the California justice system. Other forms of marijuana such as concentrated cannabis, hashish, and edibles are also legal for treatment for eligible patients.

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Our criminal defense firm has a reputation for quality advocacy. When it comes to medical marijuana, you need to know your rights so that you can act within the confines of the law. If you were adhering to the law when you were arrested, a Riverside criminal defense attorney from our firm can defend you. We understand how to fight for you and ensure that you have a voice in court.


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