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Medical Marijuana and Los Angeles Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys

Posted on: April 30, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, the state of California and City of Los Angeles passed a series of medical marijuana laws which legalized marijuana for specific purposes. This opened up a firestorm of controversy and various legal problems for people who thought buying marijuana was now free game. Unfortunately, countless Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys have had to sit with people who have been arrested for not properly understanding the law, the difference between federal and state police and what their rights were. For people living in Los Angeles, San Fernando and San Bernardino, medical marijuana is both legal, and not legal at the same time. It is legal in certain conditions as far as the state is concerned, but it is illegal as far as teh federal government is concerned. This is why having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer is so important. Without a proper understanding of the law, you are destined to face serious legal consequences with not help whatsoever.

Recently, federal agents raided several medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane, WA, which followed a warning from the top federal prosecutor that such operations were illegal. The raid actually took place while several activists were in a class that was teaching what to do if there was a raid by law enforcement officials. Several dispensaries were raided, which followed other raids earlier in the month of 40 dispensaries in the area. All of them were considered illegal and were shut down. Federal prosecutors warned officials in California, Montana and Colorado not to pass pills which appear to legal medical marijuana. These warnings and back and forth fights between federal and state officials is quite common. While the governor of Washington claims she will veto any medical marijuana bills, states are in a position to pass laws because of the need for new tax revenue. California passed Proposition 215 and SB 420 which legalize medical marijuana, but which also created a nightmare for attorneys everywhere.

If your or someone you know needs an attorney due to medical marijuana charges, contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, our team of experienced attorneys can help you find the best defense possible for your specific situation. Call us today!

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