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Defending Your Marijuana Rights in Southern California

California is one of few states that allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes with a valid marijuana card. Those who do not have a medical marijuana card could face criminal charges if they are found in possession of marijuana, if they are growing plants, or if they are selling or distributing marijuana. Even those who have medical cards in California could face charges if they possess or grow too much, or if they sell or distribute marijuana to someone else. Are you facing marijuana charges? Know your rights!

California Medical Marijuana Laws

The only persons who may possess marijuana are those who have valid marijuana cards under their own name. Technically, anyone with a medical card may possess as much marijuana as they need to treat their medical condition; however, they could still be arrested if they possess over 8 oz. of processed cannabis. Anyone with a marijuana card can also grow or cultivate up to 12 immature plants or 6 mature plants.

Overview of Your Rights As a Medical Card-Holder:

  • Possession of up to 8 oz. of marijuana.
  • Cultivation of up to 12 immature plants.
  • Cultivation of up to 6 mature plants.

All of these rights are a result of California Proposition 215, passed in 1996, which were added to California Health & Safety Code § 11362.5.

Penalties for Marijuana Charges

California Health & Safety Code § 11357 states that possession of "any concentrated cannabis" (marijuana) will face a jail sentence of up to one year, a fine of up to $500, or both. Cultivation of marijuana without authorization to do is a marijuana felony under § 11358 and will result in a prison sentence of 16 months, or two or three years.

Hire a Drug Crime Attorney in Pasadena, CA

The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal has provided relentless defense to Southern California residents for more than 25 years. If you have been arrested for possession, cultivation, sales, distribution, or trafficking of marijuana – whether you have a California medical card or not – our firm can help.

Call today at (888) 717-0139 to schedule your free case evaluation!