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Santa Cruz Marijuana Crimes Lawyer

Marijuana Criminal Defense Attorney

Santa Cruz Marijuana Crimes Lawyer

Major Law Change 11/8/16: Many marijuana "crimes" are no longer crimes. Following the passage of Proposition 64, most felony or misdemeanor offenses have been downgraded to misdemeanors or infractions. Those who had been convicted of an offense before November 8, 2016 that would have resulted in a lesser penalty under current laws may file a petition for resentencing or dismissal of charges. For more information, please call our Santa Cruz office at 831-426-5800.



If you have been arrested for a marijuana crime, you need a skilled Santa Cruz marijuana lawyer. You need an experienced marijuana defense attorney who knows the law and who has a history of success. There have been so many changes to marijuana law over the last several years that an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is vital to defend your rights. This is especially true of medical marijuana law. You can ask a judge, a police officer, and somebody who has been involved in the medical marijuana industry for over a decade, and none will agree on the current state of medical marijuana law in California. 

This leads to big problems. It leads to people being accused of serious offenses when they thought they were compliant with the law. There is more urban legend than law in this area. We know that both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are legal in California. We know that stores in Santa Cruz openly sell medical marijuana to qualified patients, and licensed stores may now sell recreational marijuana to people over the age of 21. We know that it is lawful to smoke marijuana with a doctor's recommendation or for recreational purposes.

Yet many people don't know how much medical marijuana an individual can have despite attempts to define a limit. Santa Cruz County guidelines say up to three pounds of marijuana. Yet there's at least one appellate case saying that those limits may be unconstitutional. In addition, following the passage of Proposition 64, a person over the age of 21 can possess up to one ounce of marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis. In short, the law is in flux and is currently undefined.

Comprehensive Criminal Defense for all Marijuana Charges

If you are accused of illegally possessing, distributing, or cultivating marijuana, obtain experienced legal help. Law enforcement may try to charge you with a more serious offense punishable with jail time without the help of a skilled Santa Cruz marijuana defense attorney. Our Santa Cruz law firm is prepared to defend you on any marijuana-related charges:

At the Santa Cruz law office of John W. Thornton, Attorney at Law, we offer more than 25 years of experience utilizing an aggressive defense strategy. We have handled hundreds of marijuana cases and we are prepared to defend your rights.

Contact our law firm online or call 831-426-5800 or 831-566-4357 to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer a hands-on approach focused on protecting your rights and addressing any misconceptions. You have questions. We have answers.  

Selling, trafficking, distributing and cultivating marijuana are generally charged as misdemeanors, subject to an arrest and potential incarceration. In some cases, charges may be upgraded to felonies for people with multiple convictions or who knowingly sell marijuana to minors. However, the threat of the most severe penalties can be reduced with an experienced Santa Cruz marijuana defense attorney defending your rights.  

Santa Cruz Marijuana Defense Attorney John W. Thornton offers decades of experience handling drug possession charges in Santa Cruz. He has the skills and tenacity to secure your rights within this ever-changing area of the law. Contact our lawyer today.

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