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For a long time, people have been wondering how medical marijuana use will affect their employment and what happens if they get a drug test. That is a complicated issue, and it depends a lot on your employer.  With marijuana being legal for recreational use as Proposition 64 was voted into law at the last election, many more are concerned if they can lose their jobs for using marijuana for recreation.

cannabis Lawyer RiversideSome argue that it should be okay as long as you are not under the influence of marijuana while on the job. This is how things work with alcohol.  After all, anyone who is 21 or older can legally drink alcohol, but cannot come to work drunk.  It is also true that a worker can take his or her prescription Xanax and be at work so long as that is not interfering with their job, and they are not operating heavy machinery. Continue reading

In January, any adult in Los Angeles will be able to walk into a marijuana shop or dispensary and purchase marijuana for any use they see fit.  They can use it as a medicine or for recreational use. While California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, the state has become somewhat of a follower of other states.

marijuana lawyer Orange County However, it should be noted that, while California is no longer the nation’s most progressive state with respect to legalization of marijuana, it should be noted that California is the nation’s leader by far in terms of revenue generated, and this is currently only including money generated by the sale of medical marijuana to approved patients. When recreational users can legally purchase cannabis products, the market is expected to grow even larger. Continue reading

There is a lot of money to be made in the medical marijuana industry.  Each year, more and more patients are turning to medical marijuana to treat various mental and physical ailments, and the types of medications on the market are getting more and more sophisticated to meet this new demand.

LA Medical marijuana lawyerOne area in which we are seeing growth, and see potential for a lot more growth, is in medical marijuana products for pets.  As discussed in a recent news article from Salon, many people have pets that suffer from a lot of the same mental and physical conditions as people do.  There are older pets with arthritis, pets with cancer (some on chemotherapy), and there are pets with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from Time, a marijuana vending machine may be hitting the market soon.  This device uses a fingerprint scanner to verify the identity of the purchaser before it will dispense any marijuana.  This can be used to verify the age of the buyer as well as whether the buyer is one of the registered medical marijuana patients in areas where recreational use marijuana is not legal.

Marijuana Business Lawyer LAWhile it may seem strange to have a marijuana vending machine, there are various reasons why this may be helpful to many consumers.  The first, as discussed by the company spokesperson, is that it will allow a person to get medical marijuana without having to run into someone from school, work, or church, for example. Continue reading

Despite the fact that the majority of Americans support medical marijuana, there have been two recent incidents involving marijuana that show the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is not quite ready to embrace medical cannabis as of yet.  The first incident involved a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series team that got a sponsorship from a cannabis company and tried to put the company’s logo on the car hood, according to a recent news article from the Charlotte Observer.

LA Medical Cannabis LawyerOnce NASCAR officials saw the car with this medical marijuana company logo, including a large graphic on the hood, inspectors told the team that this was not an authorized sponsor and demanded the crew remove the stickers and decals form the car hood.  This left the car without a hood sponsor, which cost the team of significant amount of money.  This is harder on the driver, Carl Long, who is just back in NASCAR after a being suspended since 2009 for a serious violation involving his car in what was then called the Sprint Cup All Start Race. Continue reading

There is more cannabis sold in California that any other state. This is true even when comparing California’s medical marijuana industry with Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry.  While voters in California did legalize recreational use marijuana through the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016, it will not be legal to sell to recreational users until January 2018.

Riverside Marijuana LawyerThis means that for the time being, medical marijuana dispensaries are the only legal way to buy marijuana in the state.  However, as discussed in a recent news article from The Daily Chronic, medical marijuana shops will largely become recreational marijuana shops, and this is why there are many more dispensaries opening up throughout the state in anticipation of the increasing market for cannabis products. This includes flowers, high-end concentrates like shatter and wax, edibles and tinctures, and even skin creams and bath beads. Continue reading

Driving under the influence of marijuana has become a hot-button issue in recent years.  With marijuana being legal for medical and recreational use, police and some lawmakers are concerned there will be many more incidents of people driving while under the influence of marijuana in Los Angeles.

arrest marijuana LAWhile it should be noted that many studies that compare the effects of driving while on alcohol versus marijuana show that driving under the influence of marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as driving while drunk, it is not safe to drive when under the influence of marijuana.  However, one major issue is determining if someone is driving under the influence of marijuana, and if so, what is the level of intoxication. Continue reading

The majority of people in this country, especially voters in California, support the legalization of medical marijuana, and now even recreational use of marijuana in many areas, and it is getting harder for marijuana opponents to stop the current trend.  However, there is one group that is still outspoken against marijuana legalization, and this is the law enforcement community.marijuana defense

While they often talk about crime and school children using marijuana, these fears are largely not actually becoming reality, as we have seen in states like Colorado that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The reality is that that this increase in crime is not likely the real impetus behind police wanting to stop marijuana legalization. Continue reading

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana when the bold decision was made in 1996.  While, these days, more than half of the states and District of Columbia have followed suit, back then, legalizing medical marijuana was seen as a very progressive thing to do.  Today, it seems less so, as the majority of all Americans now support legalization of medical marijuana, and a growing percentage support legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, as well.

LA Medical Marijuana LawyerOne person who does not stand with the rest of the nation in its support for medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana is U.S. Attorney General Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III.  Sessions has repeatedly spoken out against the use of marijuana for any purpose and has said that “good people” do not use marijuana.  He has vowed to enforce the federal laws against marijuana to the fullest extent possible.  This is especially true with respect to recreational use of marijuana.  One of his new targets is California, where voters recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. Continue reading

According to a recent news report from The Sacramento Bee, the vineyards in California’s wine country are starting to look like cannabis farms. Many are starting to enter the marijuana business.

LA Cannabis Lawyer All of these changes have been spurred on by the recent legalization of recreational use of marijuana in our state. Farmers who already have land and expertise in growing a high value crop (specialty wine grapes) are realizing that with some education in cannabis crops, they can make a lot more money cultivating marijuana. Continue reading