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Legal Exceptions to a Los Angeles Marijuana Possession Charge

Having Marijauna in one’s possession is illegal in the state of California, punishable as a misdemeanor or felony based on the concentration and amount of marijuana found. However, a Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney can advise you that California law allows for certain situations in which carrying marijuana is legal and not punishable by law.

Prop 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, is embodied by law in the California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5.sThe Act was enacted to allow for seriously ill Californians to obtain marijuana prescriptions that provide a natural and efficient remedy to certain illnesses. The prescription must be given by a licensed physician and the patient must qualify with an illness listed under the relevant legal section.

Even with a valid prescription to grow and carry Marijuana, restrictions still arise which can lead to criminal charges if violated.sThe Act does not supersede legislation enacted to prohibit persons from acting in a manner which endangers others. Additionally,sMarijuana bought with a prescription may not be brought within, or surrounding the grounds of any school or educations facility providing education for kindergartners through 12th grade.

Without a prescription for marijuana use,sbeing caught by authoritiesswill result in a misdemeanor or possible felony charge, unless you have a knowledgeable attorney to represent you and protect your rights.sAn experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney, who has done thousands of drug possession cases can give you a powerful argument and zealously advocate your case in court.s

Having dealt with thousands of drug possession cases, the skilled attorneys at Hoffman and Associates have built a solid reputation amount the legal community and have established a valuable presence with the Judges and Prosecutors in Southern California’s many criminal courts.sContact our office for a FREE CONSULTATION and learn what our firm can do for you!