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Federal Raids on California Cannabis Collectives

Posted in Change on the Horizon?,Drug Crimes,Legal Matters in the Community on April 17, 2016

In 1996, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the legalization of medical marijuana in California did not protect users or distributors from federal prosecution. Since then, medical marijuana dispensaries, card holders, and cultivators have consistently dealt with raids and federal crimes charges. Through out the years, communities and supporters of medical marijuana in California … Continue reading Federal Raids on California Cannabis Collectives

California’s efforts to Reform Civil Forfeiture Laws Fail

Posted in Change on the Horizon?,Criminal Law on November 13, 2015

Earlier this year, by way of Senate Bill 443, California legislators attempted to change the state’s civil forfeiture laws. As it stood, “local law enforcement officials [could] bypass the state’s less-lucrative civil forfeiture laws by partnering with the federal government and processing the forfeiture in federal court.”[1] The loophole existed because “under federal law, no … Continue reading California’s efforts to Reform Civil Forfeiture Laws Fail

California Announces Medical Marijuana Will be Legal in 2016

Posted in Change on the Horizon?,In The News,Legal Matters in the Community on September 14, 2015

In a huge win for users of medical marijuana here in the golden state, the California State Assembly, Senate, and the Governor’s Office have agreed to pass two laws which will make medical marijuana “100 percent legal[].”[1] AB 266 deems all non-personal marijuana use “commercial,” setting forth requirements and regulations in order to oversee the … Continue reading California Announces Medical Marijuana Will be Legal in 2016

The State of the State’s Supreme Court

Posted in Change on the Horizon? on February 17, 2015

  This year, two new justices joined the State’s Supreme Court. After 25 years on the Court, Justice Joyce Kennard retired from the bench on April 5, 2014. Her spot remained vacant until last month when Governor Jerry Brown appointed Leondra Kruger, a nomination that was approved by a unanimous vote of the state’s Commission … Continue reading The State of the State’s Supreme Court