By: Laura A Hipshire
Many states have passed laws and rules regarding the use of medical marijuana, which were written to protect eligible patients, users, and caregivers from prosecution and arrest. There is a lengthy application process individuals must go through both to use the substance, sell it, and market it.
Patients and caregivers are required to acquire a registry ID card to prove they are qualified to utilize or administer marijuana for health or medical reasons. If you or someone you know has one of these cards, and has been arrested or detained, you have the right to remain silent and seek legal assistance. It’s a good idea to look for a law firm that has considerable experience handling, trying, and winning cases pertaining to medical marijuana. Because many of these laws are so new, there is still much uncharged territory for the courts, police officers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers. It is illegal to arrest someone who is legitimately able to use or distribute medical marijuana. Whether you are a qualified patient (user) or distributor, it makes no difference – you deserve the best legal representation available to fight for your rights.
There are thousands of eligible businesses that have been granted licenses to sell and market medical marijuana products, yet many are still harassed, targeted, and arrested by local police. Business owners that have taken the proper steps to obtain their licenses should be properly compensated for any losses due to illegal arrests, as their reputation can be irrevocably tarnished. There are many legal experts that are well versed on the laws and can properly argue the law in court to defend such cases. There’s only so much you can do on your own, as an average citizen or business owner. In cases like these, it is prudent to consult with legal professionals. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1) If you are a user or distributor, make sure you have legal documentation and licenses.
2) Always keep your paperwork and licensure properly displayed and readily available to avoid confusion.
3) Research local law firms that specialize in handling medical marijuana cases if it comes to that, so you can receive the optimal representation in a court of law.
4) You have the right to remain silent and have your lawyer speak on your behalf. Don’t give out any additional information until you have consulted with a qualified attorney.