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Marijuana Charges In California

In 1996, California passed the Compassionate Use Act, becoming the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Since that time, the state’s medical cannabis laws have been a model for other states seeking to pass similar and expanded marijuana legislation.

In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 and approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a major step in legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. Under the AUMA, adults age 21 and older can legally buy, possess and consume up to one ounce of marijuana. There are, however, numerous restrictions that still exist under the AUMA, including:

  • Users cannot consume marijuana in public.
  • Users cannot consume or be under the influence of marijuana while driving.
  • Only licensed businesses or individuals are allowed to sell marijuana.
  • California businesses can still enforce drug-free policies and screen employees for marijuana use.
  • California landlords can still prohibit renters from possessing or using marijuana on their premises.

If you use marijuana in public, possess more than the legal amount or otherwise violate the state’s drug laws, you may face fines and criminal charges. At Hansen & Miller Law Firm, we represent individuals who are facing drug-related charges and help you understand and weigh your legal options.

Marijuana Use And Driving Laws

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in the state of California while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If stopped by a police officer, drivers who get behind the wheel after using marijuana may be subjected to a serious of field sobriety tests. The methods used by police officers to test whether or not a driver is under the influence of marijuana and, if so, his or her level of intoxication are not 100 percent accurate and fail to take various important factors into account.

If you are facing Marijuana DUI charges, our attorneys will dispute the evidence against you and fight to protect and promote your rights.

Marijuana And Federal Drug Laws

While California, and several other states, have taken steps to legalize marijuana, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, and those who choose to buy, possess and use the drug must be aware and weary of this fact.

In the coming months and years, the state’s marijuana laws are likely to continue to expand and change. If you have questions or are facing criminal charges related to marijuana possession, trafficking or distribution, call a lawyer at our Santa Rosa law office at 707-575-1040 or contact us online.