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Marijuana Law
John W. Bussman is Orange County's premier marijuana defense attorney. As a member of the NORML Legal Committee, John is a longtime advocate for drug policy reform.  His experience and expertise on marijuana law is unmatched.   


The Law Offices of John W. Bussman, Inc. has successfully defended clients accused of all types of marijuana-related offenses, including simple possession, possession for sale, transportation, cultivation, distribution and manufacturing concentrated marijuana (butane hash oil). John understands the issues that often arise in marijuana cases and how to use those issues to your advantage.   


The firm also represents medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives and delivery services. As a criminal defense expert, John knows how to properly form your cannabusiness so that you and your patients are protected to the greatest degree possible.  He can help reduce your potential exposure to criminal charges if you are already involved in California's booming marijuana industry.  If you're considering getting involved with the marijuana business in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino, take a moment to consult with a local expert before you get into trouble. An ounce of prevention up front is worth a pound of criminal defense services later down the road.  


The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act took effect in California on January 1, 2016.  This package of laws is completely reshaping medical marijuana as we know it.  For the first time, California will specifically allow the manufacture of concentrated cannabis (butane hash oil, wax, etc.) and for-profit medical marijuana sales.  The law will require specific licenses for every stage of cannabis cultivation, transportation, testing, and retail sales.  If you currently operate a medical marijuana collective, dispensary or delivery service in California, call us to learn more about how these new changes will affect your business and what you need to be doing now to prepare. 


Voters approved Prop. 64 on November 8, 2016.  Some parts of that law are effective immediately, but other portions will slowly take effect over the next 1-2 years. Under Prop. 64, adults may legally grow up to 6 plants on private property and they may possess up to an ounce of flower in public without any medical recommendation.  By 2018, the state will begin to issue licenses for retail sales and commercial cultivation.  


Even as our culture has become more tolerant of marijuana, some police and prosecutors continue to aggressively pursue marijuana cases.  


The latest "reefer madness" gripping the law enforcement community involves driving under the influence of marijuana.  A driver's level of marijuana impairment is often impossible to determine with any accuracy or reliability because marijuana affects individual users differently. There is currently no accurate "breathalyzer" for marijuana, and there is no legal limit in California to define when a person is too stoned to drive.  Of course, different varieties of cannabis may produce different effects on the user.  A person's degree of impairment can also vary due to his or her relative experience with the drug. Further, clinical studies have not yet proven that standardized field sobriety tests (the tests that police typically administer to suspected drunk drivers) are reliable indicators of marijuana impairment.  Marijuana DUIs are, therefore, very complicated by nature.  


If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, or any other marijuana-related offense in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino, call an attorney with expert knowledge of California's marijuana laws and extensive experience in defending against marijuana charges.  


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