The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a marijuana legalization initiative proposed for the November 2016 California ballot. The 62-page initiative includes many new provisions and regulations of state law, and calls for allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, regulation and taxing of marijuana's production and sales, and the revision of criminal penalties to reduce marijuana felonies. If voters approve the initiative, California will join Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon as states that permit recreational marijuana use.
With the recent election in the rearview mirror, residents in California have had some time to digest the results. One of the most hotly contested items on the ballot here in Los Angeles and in other American cities was a proposition to reduce drug possession to simple misdemeanors. California passed proposition 47, known as The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, by a 55 percent vote, which going forward means possessing drugs like marijuana for personal use will only result in misdemeanor charges.
Prosecutors in California are famous for their aggressive pursuit of drug-related convictions. As a result, those who are facing charges for drug crimes in the state should be aware that an equally aggressive defense strategy may be required. If you are facing even modest drug charges, these allegations could have a significant impact on your professional and social future. Do not allow yourself to be steamrolled by overly intimidating prosecutors – stand up for your legal rights by choosing an experienced legal team.
Eleven people were arrested after California authorities reportedly brought down alleged key players in a Tulare County drug ring. In addition to the 11 arrests, officers announced on April 14 that they had seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine, four kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Defendants are facing allegations of drug possession and transportation. Some defendants are also accused of weapons violations.
People who live with or get in a car with other people do not always know what kind of substances that person might have in his or her possession. In fact, lack of knowledge can be a serious issue for those people, especially when drug agents begin making arrests in large raids. Law enforcement officers are bound to protect individuals who are innocent of drug charges, even though they may have been associating with those accused of drug possession.