Medical Marijuana Exemption

Qualified patients, persons with valid identification cards, and the designated primary caregivers of qualified patients and persons with identification cards, who associate within the State of California in order collectively or cooperatively to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes, shall not solely on the basis of that fact be subject to state criminal sanctions under Section 11357, 11358, 11359, 11360, 11366, 11366.5, or 11570. Health and Safety Code, Section 11362.775

Lauren K Johnson was the first attorney in the State of California to successfully advocate on behalf of a parent who used medical marijuana in the Court of Appeal. In the case In re Drake M., Lauren K Johnson represented a father who lawfully used medical marijuana while providing care for his child. Despite the Department of Children and Family Service’s claim that Ms. Johnson’s client had a substance abuse problem, the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order that the DCFS supervise the family. For the first time in a published case, the Court of Appeal gave a definition for substance abuse versus substance use in a dependency case, providing guidance to trial courts within the state of California.

As more people seek recommendations for medical marijuana usage in the State of California, lawful patients are finding themselves facing charges, even with proof of a recommendation from a doctor.

Lauren K Johnson has experience representing many medical marijuana users under the Compassionate Use Act. Contact her today for assistance in your legal matter.

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