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Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws

Posted on: September 14, 2009 at 3:36 p.m.

One of the most confusing areas of criminal law is Los Angeles medical marijuana law.  It's extremely rare when the state law allows something that federal law strictly forbids.  On issue after issue, no matter how controversial, California state law and federal law lines up.  However, when it comes to medical marijuana, the state and federal laws diverge in a major way. In 1996, Prop 215 passed which legalized medical marijuana throughout the state of California.  Later, SB 420 helped add some definition to the law.  While California has always been progressive in how it handles the law, the federal government moves much slower.  This is also true historically, as the federal government abolished slavery, allowed women to vote and passed civil rights laws decades after various states had already done so. As a result of this strong conflict between state and federal law over medical marijuana, Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys play a pivotal role for any medical marijuana business.  Medical marijuana dispensaries provide people with health needs the opportunity to use a drug that's perfectly legal under California law.  However, there have been countless federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries over the years. These federal raids are extremely frustrating, because Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries are legal...in  California.  Unfortunately, when federal agents are involved, federal law tends to trump state law.  Again, this is what makes a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is so important.  Finding an attorney who is experienced with medical marijuana law, drug crimes law, Los Angeles courts and other legal matters can often be the difference between spending a decade in jail and being able to walk out of the court room a free person. Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin is a top-notch criminal defense firm that aggressively defends anyone arrested for medical marijuana crimes.  For our clients' convenience, we have offices in the vicinity of courthouses in Antelope Valley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando, South Bay, Ventura, Valencia, Whittier, and San Bernardino, and we are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our main office is directly across the street from the Van Nuys Court and the Van Nuys LAPD Jail.

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