Marijuana Possession Defense Lawyer, Medical Use
The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Health & Saf. Code, §
11362.5) (marijuana for medical purposes), was enacted to
prevent the criminal ailments. The California Statute provides:
Health and Safety Code § 11362.5. Use of marijuana for medical
purposes (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as
the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:
(A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to
obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that
medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended
by a physician who has determined that the person's health
would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of
cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma,
arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana
(B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who
obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the
recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal
prosecution or sanction.
(C) To encourage the federal and state governments to
implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable
distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede
legislation prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that
endangers others, nor to condone the diversion of marijuana for
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in
this state shall be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for
having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical
(d) Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana, and
Section 11358, relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not
apply to a patient, or to a patient's primary caregiver, who
possesses or cultivates marijuana for the personal medical
purposes of the patient upon the written or oral
recommendation or approval of a physician.
(e) For the purposes of this section, “primary caregiver” means
the individual designated by the person exempted under this
section who has consistently assumed responsibility for the
housing, health, or safety of that person.
Defenses exist to fight unlawful criminal charges involving
marijuana. One particular area of litigation is that for DUI
involving marijuana, our law firm has a high success rate in
dismissing DWI charges where cannabis is detected.
If you or someone you know was arrested in the Burbank,
Pasadena Drug Lawyer, Glendale or greater Los Angeles
County, contact our Burbank Criminal Defense Attorney today
for a free case evaluation. The medical use of pot is a defense to
many crimes. Speak to a Burbank criminal attorney who knows
the laws on the topic.
For more information about California Marijuana Law, how the
laws treat medical patients and the inter-relationship between
Marijuana and Criminal Codes visit Attorney Matthew Ruff on
Toll Free at 1-877-617-4485
Matthew J. Ruff, Esq.