Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials arrested two men after they found about 1,000 marijuana plants at various stages of growth in a Diamond Bar residence. According to a news report in The Diamond Bar Patch, the drugs were estimated to have a value of $4 million. Deputies apparently received a tip that marijuana was being grown at a home in the 24000 block of High Crest Drive. Authorities issued a search warrant and found the elaborate growing operation. Officials estimate that the operation may have been running for as long as three years.
Under California law, it is illegal to cultivate marijuana for sale. According to California Health and Safety Code Section 11358: “Every person who plants, cultivates, harvests, dries, or processes any marijuana or any part thereof, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code.”
Marijuana laws are extremely complicated in California because California is one of the few states where voters legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes through Proposition 215. Individuals who have a medical marijuana card and who follow the program’s strict guidelines cannot be charged for drug crimes. Under the law, card-holding users of medicinal marijuana may possess up to six mature plants, 12 immature plants, and 8 ounces of dried cannabis. These laws vary from county to county. Medical marijuana users are also allowed to form cooperatives to cultivate marijuana for members. However, what makes these laws complex is the fact that marijuana, even when used for medicinal purposes, is illegal under federal law.
If you or a loved one has been charged with possession, sale, or cultivation of marijuana, you need the advice and guidance of an experienced Los Angeles County marijuana defense lawyer who knows and understands state and federal marijuana laws. The knowledgeable marijuana defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have represented those who have been wrongfully charged with such serious drug crimes. We have also been able to get drug charges dismissed citing illegal search and seizure. If you are facing marijuana-related charges, please contact us at (866) 430-8383 to find out how we can help you.