Drug crimes, especially those involving marijuana or concentrated cannabis, can be extremely complex and controversial because the laws involving these drugs are convoluted and difficult to understand. The San Bernardino Sun recently reported that the vice principal of a school in San Bernardino, who was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana for sale, told police that she was using the drug for medicinal purposes. Officials arrested the woman after finding 12 ounces of low-grade marijuana and 2.8 grams of a high grade variety in her SUV. The woman told officials that she started using medical marijuana two years ago for a bad knee. According to the news report, this woman did not have a doctor authorization document at the time of her arrest.
The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 or Proposition 215 legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use with a doctor’s recommendation. Police cannot arrest or charge a person who has a doctor’s prescription. Often referred to as a “Medical Marijuana Card” for marijuana use. Still, we often see law enforcement agencies continue to arrest individuals who possess even small amounts of marijuana for medical use. When it comes to medical marijuana, the law is complex and can seem unclear because although Prop 215 allows medical marijuana in California, yet the drug is still illegal under federal law.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of marijuana, please contact an experienced San Bernardino drug crime defense attorney, who will conduct a thorough and independent investigation and make sure that your side of the story is heard. If you have used marijuana for medicinal purposes and have the documentation to prove it, you should not have been arrested or charged. Please call 866-430-8383 today to speak with a skilled drug offense criminal defense attorney from Takakjian & Sitkoff for a free consultation.