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A recent Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the future of medical marijuana in one South Los Angeles district. As the author notes, the majority of California voters who voted supported the legalization of marijuana for recreational use for adults.

cannabis Lawyer RiversideThere are a variety of reasons why people supported Proposition 64, otherwise known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.  Some people realize that marijuana is not dangerous and there is no reason it should be outlawed.  Other voters, do not necessarily love the idea of people smoking marijuana, but realize that it is going to happen regardless and this way we are not spending billions on a so-called war on drugs that is clearly not working. Not only was the state losing money on enforcement, the state was also losing money to the black market, as they were not able to tax marijuana. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from the Sacramento Bee, some major changes to the adult legalization of marijuana are coming, including whether you can carry marijuana in your vehicle.  This change and many others comes from a 100-page bill just signed by Governor Jerry Brown with the goal of creating a unified regulatory system to govern marijuana in California. This is part of a major change that has been a long time coming, as there was previously very little state involvement in the medical marijuana industry.

marijuana lawyerThe state wanted to change the reputation that California is the Wild West in terms of marijuana laws and business, and they moved to create an agency to regulate medical marijuana.  As this was occurring, Proposition 64 was passed by a majority of voters, making marijuana legal for recreational use as well as medicinal. Continue reading

Former senator and current Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has not made any efforts to hide the fact that he thinks marijuana has no valid medical use and is not something “good people” would use.

LA Medical Marijuana LawyerHowever, his hands are currently tied in prosecuting those who grow, distribute, dispense, and possess for personal use any medical marijuana.  The reason his hands are tied is because the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was passed with bipartisan support in Congress and prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending taxpayer dollars to prosecute medical marijuana in states where medical marijuana is legal.  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

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

Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys have helped cannabis businesses throughout California to build thriving, profitable companies in the decades since the state began permitting cannabis sales. Now, the cannabis industry is growing rapidly throughout the entirety of the United States as jurisdictions throughout the country finally relax laws on medicinal and recreational marijuana. marijuana business

The industry is poised for rapid growth, and high net worth investors are taking notice in the emerging cannabis marketplace. Changes in public attitude towards legalization of marijuana may eventually result in the federal government reclassifying cannabis, and are likely to continue to cause an ever-increasing number of states to allow cannabis businesses to operate locally. All of this means it is a great time to invest in companies within the marijuana industry. Continue reading

Marijuana Business Daily reports a superior court judge ruled San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumani and her office must pay $100,000 in restitution to the owner of a medical marijuana business and his family.  This is in connection with money and assets taken during a police raid that occurred in January 2016.

LA Medical Marijuana AttorneyThis raid was conducted at a medical marijuana facility in San Diego.  The facility was used to distribute CO2 extracted medical cannabis products. CO2 extraction involves the use of super critical carbon dioxide as a solvent to extract essential oils from plants.  In the case of medical marijuana, the oils are extracted from mostly the trim of marijuana plants to make oils and tinctures that can be used for various medical applications. Continue reading

Medical marijuana was approved in Maryland more than five years ago.  One might think that is enough time to get the program up and running, but that has not been the case.  There are no open grow operations, and there are no dispensaries.   However, according to a recent news article from The Baltimore Sun, that is all expected to change by early fall 2017.  Despite this news, many prospective medical marijuana patients are of the, “I’ll believe it when I see it” state of mind until the dispensaries actually open.

marijuana lawyerThe first problem that affects states all over the country is that federal law prohibits the transportation (trafficking) of medical marijuana across state lines.  This means that any medical cannabis sold in the state must be grown and processed in the state as well.  This means that there must be grow operations, and the state decided that that there should 15 of them.  This is more than other states, but it still makes for a very competitive and potentially politically charged process. Continue reading

According to the San Francisco Gate, medical marijuana patients may soon have safer and cleaner medical cannabis.  However, this cleaner and safer marijuana will come at an increased cost of around 10 percent, based upon a new regulations package from the state.

courthouseThese new regulations are in the form of what are known as draft rules that have been promulgated by the three state agencies that have oversight over the medical marijuana business. This rules package will affect how medical marijuana is gown, processed and distributed throughout the entire state. Continue reading

While there have been drug laws on the books for many years, it was the inclusion of marijuana as a Schedule I drug on the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (USCSA) that has been the biggest obstacle to the cannabis business being treated like the successful business that it is.

marijuana budsA Schedule I drug is considered very dangerous, has a high rate of addiction, and has no acceptable medicinal use.  While this description is clearly ridiculous when talking about marijuana, this is where Congress has scheduled it and doesn’t seem willing to do anything about it, and there have been several attempts. Continue reading