California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016 and this has radically transformed our marijuana laws. Possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is no longer a crime – period. You no longer need a recommendation from a doctor to legally possess small quanitites of cannabis. However, possession of greater than an ounce of cannabis, without a medical recommendation, remains a misdemeanor.
There are many opportunities emerging in the regulated cannabis industry. Attorney Rhea has worked with many marijuana cooperatives and now advises start-up companies on how to comply with the new rules and regulations that California is promulgating in support of Proposition 64.
Although there are exciting new opportunities in this industry, there are still criminal penalties attached to unpermitted cannabis business. While most cannabis cultivation offenses are now misdemeanors, criminal conspiracy can still be charged in regard to grows involving multiple individuals working at an unpermitted cultivation facility. Concentration with volatile solvents (butane, for example), remains a felony.
The laws in regard to cannabis, and especially the new state permitting rules are very complicated. Attorney Rhea regularly consults with groups and individuals who want to learn about the new laws and understand both the opportunities and risks involved.
“Mr. Rhea was extremely knowledgeable which, without a doubt, was the reason the Judge dismissed my case without any fines, probation, etc. Additionally, his vast knowledge helped lay out all the scenarios which helped relieve my anxieties. He was extremely prompt and reliable which made working with him a pleasure. I would highly recommend Mr. Rhea’s services to anyone and everyone.” – Former Federal Drug Possession Client