California’s Compassionate Use Act
Throughout our careers, the attorneys with the Law Offices of James Blatt have represented individuals charged with possession for sale, transportation, and cultivation of marijuana in the courts throughout Los Angeles, the State of California, and in the federal courts of the United States.
Currently, we provide representation and advice to numerous individuals and those seeking the protection of the Compassionate Use Act under the provisions of California’s Proposition 215. In 1996, California Voters approved an initiative providing a legal defense under state law for certain individuals who cultivate and possess medicinal marijuana. Constantly monitoring and applying the latest developments in the law, we successfully represent those who cultivate medicinal marijuana, those who transport it, as well as the cooperatives and pharmacies that provide medicinal marijuana to their patients.
The use, possession, transportation, and cultivation of medicinal marijuana is an area of state and federal law which is constantly evolving. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of James Blatt support the lawful use of medicinal marijuana and effectively track the opinions, activities, and views of the courts, law enforcement, and politicians relating to use, cultivation, transportation, and sales of medicinal marijuana.
California Health and Safety Code 11357 (possession of marijuana/canabis) generally provides that anyone possessing less than 28.5 grams of marijuana can only be fined, and may not be arrested so long as that person has proper identification. A citation to appear in court, similar to a traffic ticket, must be issued. Possession of a greater amount of marijuana can result in an immediate arrest and a sentence of up to six months in the county jail.