Federal and local agents raided two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Los Angeles area arresting the 50-year-old owner of the dispensaries at his home. According to an Associated Press news report, drug task force agents served a state search warrant at the medical marijuana collectives at Culver City and West Los Angeles. Officials apparently seized 100 pounds of marijuana, 200 live plants and about $100,000 in cash, the news report said.
The passage of California’s Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana possession in this state. However, marijuana possession is still illegal under federal law. This has led to problems with enforcement in California, especially in the Los Angeles area, where medical marijuana dispensaries are raided by federal drug enforcement agents. This discrepancy between federal and state law has resulted in numerous drug crime arrests and charges that are not actually warranted. Most medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives are operating legally under state law. The voters of California approved the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. This discrepancy between federal and state law should be resolved.
If you have been arrested for operating a medical marijuana clinic or possession or growing marijuana for medical purposes as part of a collective, please contact the Los Angeles experienced drug crime defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan to find out more about your rights under California law. There may have been an unlawful search or you may have been wrongfully arrested. If that was the case, you have may be able to get your transportation or cultivation of marijuana charges dismissed. You have similar rights if you have been arrested for possession of marijuana and if you have a doctor’s prescription to show that you are using it for medical purposes. Call us today at 866-430-8383 for a free consultation.