Medical Marijuana

Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County Medical Marijuana Lawyer


Experienced California Drug Crimes Lawyer


California, including Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County and surrounding areas, has established a web-based registry system that allows law enforcement access to verify a participating individual’s authorization to possess, grow, transport and/or use Medical Marijuana.


The Law Offices of Michael J. Holmes, PC, is a criminal defense firm that defends the rights and freedom of people accused of marijuana-related drug crimes in Orange County and elsewhere in Southern California. We are experienced, aggressive and determined in every case we handle. Contact us by calling (714) 202-0217 or (909) 393-5367 or contact us online. We offer a free consultation and are available to assist you 24 hours a day.


In 2003, Senate Bill (SB) 420 (Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003) was passed as an extension and clarification of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.


Some individuals (including licensed medical practitioners) believe that prescription marijuana usage can be an effective treatment solution. Common conditions and symptoms treated with medical marijuana can include:


  •     Alzheimer’s Disease
  •     Anxiety
  •     Autism
  •     Cancer
  •     Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  •     Chronic pain
  •     Depression
  •     Diabetes,
  •     Glaucoma,
  •     HIV/AIDS
  •     Insomnia
  •     Lung cancer
  •     Migraine
  •     Muscle spasms
  •     Nausea
  •     PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  •     Seizure disorders


Proposition 215, the “Compassionate Use Act”


Passed in 1996, The Compassionate Use Act is a voter initiative, making California the first state to legalize marijuana for medical usage.


California Senate Bill 420


This bill was passed in 2004 with the following purpose: “(1) Clarify the scope of the application of the act and facilitate the prompt identification of qualified patients and their designated primary caregivers in order to avoid unnecessary arrest and prosecution of these individuals and provide needed guidance to law enforcement officers. (2) Promote uniform and consistent application of the act among the counties within the state. (3) Enhance the access of patients and caregivers to medical marijuana through collective, cooperative cultivation projects.”


California County and City Medical Marijuana Laws


Municipalities and counties in CA have chosen in some cases to create their own guidelines to further clarify the 1996 Compassionate Use Act and SB 420.


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For a free consultation with the Law Offices of Michael J. Holmes, PC, call (714) 667-6844 or (909) 393-5367 or contact us online.

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