In an effort to beat a state-imposed deadline of March 1, Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks have all taken steps to ban the cultivation of medical marijuana for personal use within their borders. Ojai, which already bans personal cultivation, will determine whether additional modifications to its current ordinance are needed to comply with state law. Commercial cultivation of marijuana is already prohibited countywide.
State will manage medical marijuana cultivation March 1
Beginning March 1, the state’s Department of Agriculture will take over the issuing of permits for marijuana cultivation throughout the state. The state will honor existing local ordinances to regulate the cultivation of marijuana, so many municipalities are rushing to enact controls ahead of the deadline.
Even though voters approved the use of marijuana in California for medicinal purposes nearly 20 years ago, marijuana still raises a number of legal challenges. To date, the US Supreme Court has declined to hear cases related to marijuana use in individual states. The current administration has said that it will not pursue prosecutions related to medical marijuana use, but people in California still face criminal prosecution at the local level for cultivating, using and providing marijuana.
If you’ve been arrested on charges related to your medical marijuana use, possession or distribution, contact Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced in Southern California courts for more than 30 years, exclusively in criminal defense matters and will take your marijuana defense case.
Mr. Helfend is an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights and will fight to ensure that unjust charges against you are dismissed. Don’t try to defend yourself in court or rely on the court to recognize your right to cultivate and use marijuana.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County medical marijuana case.
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