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Are You Facing Federal Charges as a Medical Marijuana User?
In 2008, Michigan passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which protects medical marijuana users in the state. Despite this, marijuana is still classified as a restricted, Schedule I drug by the federal government. Consequently, there are individuals who have legally obtained medical marijuana in the state of Michigan but find themselves facing charges from the federal government.
If this is the situation you are in, you will want to contact a criminal defense attorney familiar with handling these types of charges. As a knowledgeable Lansing criminal defense attorney, I know how these cases are prosecuted and can help you through this challenging time.
The Penalties of Conviction Can Be High
Medical marijuana cards are issued to patients and/or the primary caregiver of a patient with debilitating medical conditions.
People are often prescribed medical marijuana when diagnosed with
- Chronic pain
- ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- AIDS & HIV
Though prosecuting qualified Lansing medical marijuana cardholders is not a priority for the federal government, people are still charged with drug crimes day in and day out – and the price of a conviction is steep.
If convicted, you may face
- The revocation of your status as a medical marijuana card holder
- Driver’s license suspension
- Jail time
- A criminal record
Additionally, if you are not a U.S. citizen, a conviction could potentially affect your immigration status.
Medical Marijuana Defense Attorney Protecting Your Rights
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs outlines what a registered patient or caregiver is allowed to do regarding marijuana use. Furthermore, the Michigan Public Health Code offers you certain protections from arrest, prosecution, and penalty.
If you are facing marijuana charges in Lansing, it’s essential that you work with a lawyer familiar with all of the rules and regulations for medical marijuana use both in the state of Michigan and at the federal level.
As the founder of Coontz Law, I am driven to protect the rights of my clients. I work tirelessly to ensure that my clients’ rights are not abused. I am always available to my clients and as a smaller criminal defense law firm in Lansing, I can provide my clients with the personal attention they need to feel confident and have their voice heard.