Unfortunately, when someone finds themselves in need of an attorney due to the possession of marijuana, obtaining an attorney is highly recommended by groups such as Legalize Utah and 420 Magazine.
One example of an attorney who specializes is marijuana related litigation, Scott Candell who practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located in San Rafael, The law offices of Scott Candell represents clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Sonoma, and neighboring Counties and can be contacted here.
Mr. Candell opened his practice to “fight injustice embedded within our legal system and to provide representation to those of us that need it.”
The following are some state laws. They are not recognized by the federal government, and are not a defense to any federal charge.
For purposes of this article, the subject will be broken into two parts. The first part the Health and Safety Code for the State of Utah. The second portion of this article will include types of symptoms and diseases treated extremely effectively with medical cannabis.
(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
(b) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the 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 provides relief.
(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.
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 marijuana.
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 non-medical purposes.
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 purposes.
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.
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