Top Orange County, CA Medical Marijuana Lawyers Near You

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | North Hollywood Office | Serving Orange County, CA

5250 Lankershim Blvd, Suite 500, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Redondo Beach Office | Serving Orange County, CA

225 Avenue I, Suite 201, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Arcadia Office | Serving Orange County, CA

516 S 1st Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Los Angeles Office | Serving Orange County, CA

2049 Century Park E, Suite 3500S, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Beverly Hills Office | Serving Orange County, CA

433 North Camden Drive, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Glendale Office | Serving Orange County, CA

3460 Ocean View Blvd, Suite F, Glendale, CA 91208

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Irvine Office | Serving Orange County, CA

18565 Jamboree Rd, Suite 800, Irvine, CA 92612

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Encino Office | Serving Orange County, CA

6345 Balboa Blvd, Building II, Suite 225, Encino, CA 91316-1510

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Laguna Beach Office | Serving Orange County, CA

260 St. Ann's Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Los Angeles Office | Serving Orange County, CA

4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1010, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Los Angeles Office | Serving Orange County, CA

1801 Century Park East, 24th FL, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Los Angeles Office | Serving Orange County, CA

800 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Newport Beach Office | Serving Orange County, CA

4000 MacArthur Blvd., East Tower Suite 615, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Beverly Hills Office | Serving Orange County, CA

9595 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Medical Marijuana Lawyers | Irvine Office | Serving Orange County, CA

19800 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 900, Irvine, CA 92612

Orange County Medical Marijuana Information

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Medical Marijuana Law

Medical marijuana laws vary widely from state to state and federal law and even local zoning ordinances can be in conflict with state medical marijuana law. Those who have a medical marijuana registration card can still experience legal issues and may even face criminal charges.

What Is Considered Medical Marijuana?

With California becoming the first state to legalize the use and sale of medical marijuana in 1996 — the first state to challenge the federal government’s strict laws concerning anything to do with cannabis or marijuana — several states soon followed suit.

Medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, is cannabis that has been authorized for medicinal use by a patient’s doctor. Many people use cannabis for medicinal purposes without lawful medical authorization and in certain jurisdictions, this can be risky. Without the protections offered to authorized patients, the use of the drug may be considered recreational rather than medicinal.

What Are Possible Charges Related to Medical Marijuana?

Despite the fact that it is unlikely to be prosecuted at the federal level for simple possession of marijuana, particularly if in a state that has loosened marijuana laws and/or if one is a medical marijuana patient, the federal government has ruled that federal law does prevail.

A first-time conviction for simple possession of marijuana — remembering that the federal government does not allow for any distinguishing for medicinal patients — is a misdemeanor offense. A second charge following a previous conviction leads to a felony offense. Trafficking of any sort is a felony offense with severe penalties.

However, possession of what is deemed to be a “personal amount” of marijuana may instead be a civil penalty (a fine of no more than $10,000 per violation).

Can You Go to Jail for Medical Marijuana?

Those convicted at the federal level for crimes related to marijuana — medical or recreational, as the federal government makes no distinction — could face a jail or prison sentence.

This is especially true when considering the trafficking of marijuana. Those dealing in large volumes of the drug could face a 10-year prison sentence.

Simple possession is a much less serious affair, and it is rare for federal resources to be spent on securing convictions, particularly given the legal argument for medical marijuana being made for patients at the state level. State laws vary, however, and in some states — such as Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee and South Carolina — marijuana remains entirely illegal for any purpose.

In states where the drug is illegal, even for those using it for medical purposes, punishments for simple possession range from fines to a jail stint of about six months. Distribution, or dealing, is treated more harshly. In some states, distributing small amounts of marijuana is a level 4 felony, resulting in a potential prison sentence of about four years in addition to a fine of up to $300,000.

Can You Fly With Medical Marijuana?

While the TSA has explicitly stated that they do not search for marijuana, and do not consider the detection of marijuana in checked or carry-on baggage to be a priority, they have also publicly stated that if they do incidentally detect or find marijuana, they are forced to notify law enforcement.

Certain state agencies may not follow up with any further prosecution, while others may. Nonetheless, at this current point in time, federal law trumps state law on the subject, and the TSA does not endorse carrying marijuana on any flights under their administration.

Do I Need a Medical Marijuana Lawyer?

If you are authorized to have medical marijuana, you must still comply with the laws of your state. If you are arrested for illegally obtaining a medical marijuana card or related offense while using marijuana, you will need the services of a medical marijuana lawyer to navigate through this new area of law.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It’s important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice’s billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

Points to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer

Experience. Regardless of the type of legal matter you need help with, an experienced attorney will usually be able to get you better results.

Competence. Determine an attorney’s expertise by asking about their track record for the issue you need help with resolving.

Fit. There are plenty of good attorneys out there; make sure you find one you are comfortable working with.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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