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Drug FAQ’S

What You Need to Know About Erasing Past Cannabis Convictions 2019

Posted in Drug FAQ'S,Uncategorized on November 14, 2018

Recreational Marijuana Laws in California On January 1st, 2018, California joined the ranks of states such as Colorado, Washington, and Delaware and legalized cannabis for recreational use. During the November 2016 election, 57.1% of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 64, which provides the legal framework for recreational cannabis. While the proposition…

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How New Federal Bills Could Protect CA Weed Businesses and Consumers

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on September 17, 2018

Amongst the national discourse about the legalization of marijuana, California stands as one of the states that allow for both medical and recreational use of weed within the state. While the use of marijuana is still a federal crime, an Obama-era memorandum allowed for states that have legalized marijuana use to handle such issues on…

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What Is Ordinance 925 (Riverside County)?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on July 6, 2018

California has some of the most progressive marijuana laws in the nation. Starting in 1996, the tide began to turn when California voters allowed for the legalization of medical marijuana and decriminalization of possession. Again in 2016, the state’s position on marijuana use relaxed drastically when it passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of…

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How New Federal Bills Could Protect CA Weed Businesses and Consumers

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on July 6, 2018

Both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it remains illegal at a federal level. However, federal lawmakers are in the midst of creating proposals that could ease the conflict between federal and local laws. These proposals, if they pass, could protect both cannabis business owners and consumers throughout the state. Medical marijuana…

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What Happens If You Have Drugs on Your Person in California?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on May 15, 2018

California drug charges can carry a myriad of penalties and may fall under several sections of state law. Generally, there are two main types of charges that apply to the possession of drugs in California: possession with intent to sell, and simple possession. The laws surrounding these offenses additionally depend on whether an individual is…

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2018 Marijuana Laws for Riverside County, CA

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on January 23, 2018

The New Year came with one especially exciting new law for California’s cannabis enthusiasts – the legalization of recreational marijuana. California is now one of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) to allow marijuana for recreational use. Before you visit your local dispensary, however, get to know some of the facts about how the…

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CA HS 11378: Explaining Prosecution Arguments & Best Defenses

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on May 22, 2017

California Health and Safety Code 11378 HS makes it illegal to possess methamphetamine for the purpose of selling or distributing it to others. Convictions under this law result in felony charges, up to three years in jail, and fines of up to $10,000. If you find yourself charged with a crime under 11378 HS, seek…

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CA’s New Marijuana Laws and How to Change Past Weed Convictions

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on January 27, 2017

More than 57 percent of voters in California decided to approve Proposition 64, otherwise known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. This means that marijuana is now legal to use, possess and grow, with stipulations of course. Another thing that the new law changes are the harsh penalties that used to come with marijuana…

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Can I Get in Trouble if My Roommate Sells Drugs, Does Drugs or Keeps Drugs in the House for Personal Use?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on December 23, 2016

Living with roommates can be a source of drama, even if there aren’t any serious legal issues involved. From arguments regarding overnight guests to differing standards regarding apartment cleanliness, navigating shared living space with another person can be a challenge. These disputes go from trivial to much more serious, however, if your roommate gets involved…

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Expert Roundup: Legal Marijuana and DUIs in California

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on November 2, 2016

This November, Californians will vote on legalizing recreational marijuana through Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The Golden State is already the nation’s largest marijuana market, having legalized medical marijuana back in 1964 with few restrictions. While some pro-legalization groups have come out against Prop.64 (generally arguing it favors big growers over smaller ones),…

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