How Common Are Marijuana Related Arrests In California?
In 2014 California recorded 19,711 marijuana arrests. This does not include the unknown number of Californians that were cited for non-criminal possession infractions.
What Are The Laws On Marijuana In California?
California marijuana laws changed drastically with Proposition 215 and the decriminalization of possession of less than 1 ounce. Possessing for personal use, as long as it’s less than 1 ounce, is only an infraction with no possible jail time involved. However, possession with intent to sell, possession or sale of more than 28 grams, and non-medical cultivation of marijuana are still serious crimes in California that often carry prison sentences.
Do You Think The Laws Are Clearly Defined?
Some aspects of the laws, such as Prop 215, are not very clear and can be difficult to understand by non-lawyers.
Are Marijuana Related Charges Misdemeanor Or Felony Level?
Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor. However, coupled with the possession of other items, such as a scale and baggies, one could be charged with possession with felony intent to sell.
What Are The Biggest Misconceptions Surrounding The Marijuana Laws In California?
The biggest misconception about California marijuana law is that the use of marijuana is legal. This is not true. Currently in California the use of marijuana is only legal for medical purposes and only by those who possess a medical marijuana “card.”
What Are The Biggest Issues Stemming From The “Blurred” Lines Of The Law?
One of the biggest issues stemming from the “blurred” lines of the law is when someone who has a medical marijuana card thinks the card gives them immunity from facing criminal charges. In fact the laws as a result of Prop 215 are very stringent and must be followed very carefully.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal In The State Of California?
Yes, Proposition 215 made medical marijuana is legal in California. However, the laws regarding medical marijuana are very strict and must be followed to avoid criminal prosecution.
What Should I Do If I Am Questioned By A Police Officer About My Use Of Medical Marijuana?
Show him/her your card as proof that you qualify for use of medicinal marijuana under Proposition 215.
Can Police Search Someone’s Car Without A Warrant If They Suspect Marijuana Use Or Possession?
Because vehicles are obviously highly mobile, a warrant is not required to search vehicles if police have probable cause to believe the vehicle contains evidence of a crime, the instrumentalities of crime, contraband, or the fruits of a crime
When Someone Is Charged With Possession Of Marijuana, Does The Amount Of The Drug Make A Difference?
Under California law Possession of marijuana, in amounts greater than one ounce, is a misdemeanor. Although the charge is relatively minor, it can still become a permanent mark on your criminal record if you are convicted
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