August 29, 2014

Marijuana Black Market Still Exists Despite Legalization

One of the positive consequences of legalization is the eradication of the black market. Reduced crime rates, taxes on once prohibited products, and transparency in the law can smooth regulatory practices and reduce risks. Despite legalization in Colorado, recent reports indicate that a black market for marijuana still exists. Even though many industry leaders have forged ahead with dispensaries, bed and breakfasts, and mobile apps, there remains an underground market of drug sales.

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Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2000, permitting growers to cultivate 16 doctor-prescribed plants. Owners of the card are not able to sell what they cannot consume or to have a second operation. Still there are underground shops and sales throughout Colorado. Our Orange County marijuana defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of dispensary owners as well as individuals who use medical marijuana. In the event of a state or federal investigation, we are able to protect your rights to prevent liability. Understanding the complexities of marijuana law, our lawyers remain abreast of the changing legal landscape in California and nationwide.

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August 27, 2014

14 Arrested and 5000 Marijuana Plants Seized in San Bernardino County

A sweeping drug bust in San Bernardino County resulted in 14 arrests and the seizure of approximately 5000 marijuana plants. According to law enforcement authorities, the drug bust was part of the crackdown on illegal marijuana cultivation in several unincorporated areas of the county. Over a two day period in the end of August, members of the police force conducted investigations and obtained nine search warrants for residential properties in various locations throughout the area. Though medical use is legal in California, growers must operate within the confines of state law and violations could result in criminal liability.

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This case is a reminder to growers, distributors, and users of marijuana in Southern California and statewide, that criminal liability still exists. Our Orange County marijuana crimes defense attorneys are experienced in providing strategic, comprehensive advocacy to defendants. We understand the severe penalties related to drug charges and will work hard to protect the rights of our clients. In addition to providing defense, we are abreast of legal developments in the area that may impact the interests of marijuana dispensary owners and medical marijuana users.

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August 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Policies Complicated by Push for Recreational Use

In the past few years, medical marijuana use has gained momentum with widespread approval by voters, legislators, and lobbyists. For many of those who are passionate about medical usage, recreational use can be a distraction, potentially threatening medical marijuana legalization. The move towards legalization is facing resistance from medical marijuana users and caregivers who are concerned that the recreational use will significantly reduce income for those who have distributed marijuana for medical purposes. Widespread legalization could also create a host of issues related to driving under the influence, underage consumption and other problems that could compete with the greater good of medical marijuana.

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According to recent reports, medical marijuana users and distributors have already faced significant regulatory hurdles. Advocates of current medical marijuana policies do not want to see the regulatory system compromised by an overhaul for recreational use. For states such as California, Maine, Nevada, Alaska, and Oregon with longtime medical marijuana usage laws, the shift towards legalization will require the dismantling of the current medical use market and policies. Our Orange County medical marijuana law attorneys are dedicated to advocating for businesses and individuals in California regarding regulatory and criminal matters. We can provide strategic advocacy and help prevent liability in cases involving marijuana law.

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August 25, 2014

Underage Marijuana Consumption Down in Colorado

There are a number of concerns about what effect legalization may have on communities in California and nationwide. Issues regarding driving under the influence, the danger of edibles, and other public health issues have already been raised by opponents of legalization. One consequence of legalization that no one expected is the decline of underage consumption. According to data published by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), marijuana use among high school students has actually dropped since the drug became legal.

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Colorado made the recreational use of marijuana legal at the end of 2012. Since 2001, the state has allowed medical use of marijuana with a prescription. Despite warnings from legalization opponents, the use of marijuana among high school students dropped since 2011. The survey indicated that in 2013, only 37% of students reported trying marijuana, down from 39% in 2011. Though the drop is not significant, it demonstrates a general decline in use. Our Orange County marijuana dispensary attorneys are abreast of changes in state and federal marijuana law. In addition to providing legal counsel, we are also aware of changing marijuana policies and impact on communities in California and nationwide.

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August 24, 2014

A Marijuana Shipping Initiative That Defies Federal Prohibition

In Washington and Colorado, where recreational pot has been legalized, business owners are exploring innovative and effective ways to distribute their products without being held liable under federal law. Given the federal prohibition of marijuana use, possession, sale or distribution, many business owners have struggled to ensure compliance while also remaining innovative in the growing market. One family in Colorado is taking a bold effort to expand their marijuana business to a national market despite federal laws.

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According to The New York Times, the family has been selling a certain strain of cannabis to help treat epilepsy. The strain has been grown in greenhouses and outdoors in accordance with regulations, but now the business is planning to ship the extract to other states. This decision is arguably in violation of federal law; however the family has deemed the product "industrial hemp" or a low-level THC strain. Our Orange County marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of marijuana dispensary owners, growers, and medicinal card holders. We are also abreast of the changes in marijuana laws in California and nationwide.

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August 23, 2014

California Medical Marijuana Bill Dead in Assembly

California has been struggling to establish comprehensive legislation and policies on medical marijuana. In the most recent failed attempt, Senate Bill 122 died when the Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to pass it prior to the deadline expiration. According to lobbyists, the bill would have been too costly to establish a California Bureau of Medical Marijuana, upwards of $20 million. One of the problems with the bill is that too few marijuana businesses would have qualified or been able to actually pay to fund the agency.

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According to reports, the new licensing provisions would have disqualified the majority of medical pot growers who are currently operating in secrecy. Without a license, these growers would not have had money to pay the bureau. The Assembly Appropriations Committee analysis found that the bill was flawed because it made it impossible for growers to come forward and apply for a license. Our Orange County marijuana defense attorneys are abreast on the evolving California marijuana legal landscape and are dedicated to helping dispensaries and individuals protect their rights. We will take the time to assist with regulatory and compliance matters as well as represent individuals facing criminal investigation or penalties.

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August 22, 2014

Marijuana Law and the Complications for Interstate Travelers

Disparate state marijuana laws can make it difficult to know when and where you may be charged with a crime. Penalties for various charges can also vary widely. Unfortunately, for travelers throughout the U.S. the checkerboard of legal versus non-legal marijuana states make predictability and prevention of an arrest or criminal charge complicated. In the event of a criminal conviction, defendants can still face significant penalties, including years or even decades in prison. For immigrants, the consequences could be more devastating, including deportation.

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Taking the U.S. interstate and carrying marijuana can be a huge risk, given the varying degrees of legality, enforcement and penalties by state. Our Orange County marijuana law attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. In addition to providing strategic criminal defense, we also help marijuana distributors and other proprietors protect their rights and ensure compliance with California marijuana law. Our attorneys are abreast of the evolving marijuana market and the trends in marijuana law that could prevent charges or expose users and distributors to liability.

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August 21, 2014

Social and Lifestyle Changes Post-Marijuana Prohibition

Colorado is the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, so it is no surprise that all eyes are on the state, looking to uncover both the positive and negative implications of life after prohibition. While there are concerns about the danger of edibles, driving under the influence, and the potential long-term consequences of legalization, others are interested in the positive changes, including tax revenues and fewer violent crimes.

Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are interested in the developments related to marijuana law, medical marijuana law, and legalization nationwide. In addition to representing and helping local clients in marijuana-related questions and disputes, we are also committed to raising awareness about marijuana policy and lifestyle.

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In a recent Atlantic Monthly report, an investigative journalist spent time with the locals to determine whose life has changed since recreational pot was legalized.

Here are some of the highlights:

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August 20, 2014

Jackie Chan's Son Could Face Execution for Marijuana Possession

While some state and federal marijuana policies in the United States may seem harsh, they are not as stringent as other policies around the world. According to recent reports, the 32-year-old son of famous action hero Jackie Chan has been arrested in China and could face three years in prison or even execution if convicted. The young singer and actor confessed to using marijuana on a video that was posted on line and has been held in a Beijing jail since his arrest. The case is a reminder of varying marijuana laws, depending on state, federal, and international jurisdiction. It is also a reminder to marijuana users that penalties can vary widely, depending on where they are arrested and charged.

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China Central Television (CCTV) reported that Jaycee Chan was arrested in Beijing and tested positive for marijuana. The reports also alleged that Chan was caught with over 100 grams of marijuana in his home. The Chinese actor has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade and his arrest may be one of the most high profile drug busts in China. Our Orange County marijuana defense attorneys understand the severe penalties faced by our clients. Our priority is to provide strategic and aggressive defense to minimize charges and penalties. We are also abreast of changing marijuana laws in California and are dedicated to preventing individual or corporate liabilities involving marijuana consumption or distribution.

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August 19, 2014

Nursing Homes and The Use of Medical Marijuana

Studies and anecdotal evidence show that marijuana has the power to help patients with myriad health issues, including digestion and stomach pain, anxiety and insomnia, epileptic seizures, joint stiffening, and pain relief. It is no surprise that in addition to younger patients, nursing home patients and their loved ones are turning to medical marijuana for relief. Now nursing homes and hospice organizations nationwide are evaluating their role when it comes to marijuana use and prescriptions. Many are forced to address compliance issues related to their state's medical marijuana programs and policies.

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For medical professionals, questions regarding marijuana prescriptions may be complicated by legal issues. Health care professionals are often at the center of debate where the legal landscape is changing rapidly, and scientific claims about the effectiveness of marijuana are not always conclusive. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about California marijuana laws and in protecting both provider and patient rights. We are committed to staying abreast of legal changes in California and nationwide to protect the rights of distributors and users, including entities and individuals.

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August 17, 2014

Colleges Prohibit Medicinal Marijuana to Preserve Federal Funds

As state laws continue to loosen in favor of medical and recreational marijuana use, some establishments remain wary, given the unchanged legal position of the federal government. According to a recent report in the Boston Globe, colleges and universities continue to ban drugs on campus, including medical marijuana. Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, many campus administrators have reaffirmed policies that ban drugs. Local colleges and universities have continued to ban the use of marijuana, even if a doctor has written a prescription for medicinal purposes.

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With states expanding rights to medical usage, many individuals, business owners, and other entities are questioning their own rights and liabilities when it comes to conflicting federal laws. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are experienced with protecting the rights of our clients. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of marijuana dispensary owners as well as individuals or other business owners who could face criminal liability under California or federal drug laws.

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August 15, 2014

Baby Boomers Stand to Benefit Most from Medical Marijuana Legalization

Medical marijuana has been proven to help individuals with a wide range of medical conditions in a diverse pool of users, ranging from children to the elderly. While the benefits of marijuana aren't narrowed to one group, studies show that baby boomers are the group that stands to benefit the most from the legalization of medical marijuana. According to activists and recent reports, baby boomers aged 50 and over will likely drive the biggest increase in medical marijuana revenues. Florida is one state that serves as an example of this trend--polls show the majority of the population is in favor of legalization because of disease and injury, not because of political affiliation.

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Baby boomers are the group that stands to gain the most from medical marijuana legalization, but it doesn't mean that they will be the biggest supporters. In many states, this is a non-issue because support is spread among age groups. In Florida, 83 percent of seniors over 65 are in favor. Among the youth, aged 18-29, 95 percent of voters are in favor of legalization. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are abreast of trends in marijuana law in Southern California and nationwide. In addition to tracking legislative changes, we are also aware of social and media trends that impact the rights and lives of our clients.

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August 14, 2014

Simulator Tests Drivers' Ability While Stoned

One of the problems with setting a legal limit and prosecuting "stoned drivers" is that researchers and law enforcement officials have not yet determined, "how stoned is too stoned" to drive.

Scientists working for the federal government have been using performance tests to determined levels that would make a driver too stoned to drive. Volunteers got drunk and stoned on marijuana provided by the federal government before they got behind the wheel to perform a series of performance tests. According to a USA Today report, it was the most comprehensive study on how marijuana affects or inhibits driving capabilities.

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Researchers will be compiling and analyzing the data to help regulators set legal limits and answer the fundamental question: "When is a marijuana user too stoned to drive?"

Our Orange County marijuana DUI attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients and raising awareness to ensure compliance and prevent criminal liability. Whether you are a legal user, grower, or dispensary owner, our attorneys are abreast of legal changes in Southern California and nationwide. Our priority is to keep our clients informed of their rights as well as their obligations under state and federal marijuana laws.

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August 12, 2014

Bill Exempts "Charlotte's Web" Strain Under Controlled Substances Act

In a federal shift that could signal leniency in future national marijuana laws, the House of Representatives announced a bill that would exempt certain strains of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill stops short of legalizing the strains most users consume, but would exclude the "Charlotte's Web" high-CBD strain from the overarching federal ban on medical marijuana. According to reports, the bill has bipartisan support and would exclude the therapeutic hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

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The House bill is groundbreaking and is a first step by the federal government in considering any acceptance of medical marijuana usage. In addition to the benefits offered to patients who use the strain, the bill could signal the loosening of other laws, including reform or wider applications of medicinal use. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of users, growers, and dispensary operators. We are committed to staying abreast of marijuana law in Southern California and nationwide to help our clients ensure compliance and avoid criminal liability.

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August 11, 2014

Brookings Report: The Success of Colorado's Legalization Rollout

Colorado has been center stage in the nation's marijuana legalization debate. Advocates are pointing to revenue increases, decreased crime rates, and other positive benefits of recreational pot legalization. On the other hand, critics are waiting for negative reports to bolster their claims that legalization is bad for society, detrimental to youth, and generally, not a good idea. According to a recent report conducted by the Brookings Institution, the "big pot experiment" in Colorado has been largely a success. The rollout of Colorado's marijuana policy created a new industry and its success is a contrast to the dysfunction at the federal level.

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According to the 20-page Brookings Institution report, there are a number of reasons why the policy rollout has been successful, however it is not without challenges. Our Los Angeles medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of growers, medical marijuana users, dispensary owners, and other industry leaders. We are committed to staying abreast of changing marijuana laws in California and nationwide and can providing counsel, representation and legal support related to compliance issues or criminal matters.

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