Medical Marijuana Lawyer in Edmonds

Accused of violating the law in a medical marijuana case? Call our firm.

In 1998, Washington voters passed a medical marijuana initiative which provides some protection for marijuana uses with extreme medical conditions. Federal law still makes possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuana illegal. If you have been charged with a marijuana offense it is important that you hire an attorney who understands state and federal drug crime laws and has the ability to craft a compelling defense case. I founded Johanson Law Group, Inc. to help those charged with criminal offenses successfully navigate through the hazards of the criminal justice system. I am a former prosecutor and legislator. I understand the complications presented by the fact that marijuana usage is illegal under federal law, while medical marijuana use is given certain legal protections under Washington state law.

Potential Penalties for Medical Marijuana

There are requirements that must be met to comply with the1998 marijuana law. There must be a recognized medical condition as outlined in the statute. These recognized conditions include cancer, HIV and epilepsy, among others. Recently the Washington Supreme Court ruled that other conditions, not officially listed in the law, could be used in defending possession charges. The penalties for marijuana offenses are based on the quantity of the substance in the case. It is legal to possess an ounce for recreational use. Medically, it is legal to possess a 60-day supply. It is difficult to quantify what a 60-day supply is for each individual person. The law is vague in that area, and open to interpretation.

Possession of over 40 grams of marijuana is a Class C felony and carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. A 60-day supply of medical marijuana could easily exceed this quantity. It is clear that it is vital to retain an Edmonds criminal defense attorney to fight charges related to medical marijuana use, as the penalties imposed in a conviction could be significant.

Get Help from an Edmonds Medical Marijuana Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with any marijuana offense, contact my firm at once. It appears that Washington is lenient concerning marijuana. In fact, you could be facing a long prison sentence under certain circumstances. Those who are involved in the supply of medical marijuana also could face legal problems, and deserve to have the highest quality defense counsel to assist in the fight for justice. It is important that your case is addressed with the highest level of professional skill. Call today.