Under California law, possession of under an ounce of marijuana is an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. On the surface, it may seem like the easy response to a citation for marijuana possession is to pay the fine and forget about it.
However, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, you could be vulnerable to other types of drug charges that carry much stiffer penalties. Furthermore, a conviction for any type of drug crime remains on your criminal record and can have a negative impact on your ability to get student loans, employment, and housing.
If you are arrested on a marijuana possession charge, your best course of action is to get immediate advice from a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.
Under California law, qualified patients who use, cultivate, transport, or possess amounts of marijuana consistent with their medical needs may be able to claim certain protections against arrest and/or prosecution by state (but not federal) authorities. These protections may extend to their primary caregivers as well as persons who associate with one another (collectively or cooperatively) to cultivate marijuana for purely medicinal purposes. if you have been arrested for or charged with a marijuana-related offense and believe you may be able to claim these protections, please call me for a free consultation.