I was arrested for possession of marijuana or marijuana related charges in California. What can I do?

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If you have been arrested and charged in California with possession of marijuana or another marijuana offense, you may have several defenses available. If you have a written or verbal recommendation from a physician, you may be able to use that as a defense against a marijuana charge. Although a verbal recommendation from your physician may allow you to use marijuana in compliance with California law, a police officer may still arrest you if you do not have a state or county issued marijuana identification card. After the arrest, you can use your verbal recommendation as a defense against conviction. Keep in mind that because even medicinal marijuana is illegal under federal law, physicians in California technically cannot give marijuana prescriptions. Instead they can recommend that marijuana may be helpful given your particular illness. Depending on how marijuana was found and your possession, you may also be able to contest the search that led to the discovery of the marijuana. Even if you have a recommendation for marijuana, you may still be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). You should consult a marijuana lawyer to determine your available defenses.

Follow this link for more information about California Marijuana Laws and California Medical Marijuana Laws

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