March 28, 2018 By Paul Wallin


How to Protect Yourself from Federal Prosecution When You Buy Marijuana in California

While marijuana is now legal in California, it is still considered an illegal substance under federal law. The current White House Administration, specifically U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made it clear that the federal government does not agree with California’s acceptance of marijuana. That is why you need to be careful when purchasing marijuana in California.

With that in mind, here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself from federal prosecution when purchasing marijuana in California.

Only Purchase the Legal Amount of Marijuana

California law allows you to purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis in a single day.

If you try to find a loophole around these limits, not only could you face federal prosecution, but you could also face criminal charges at the state level in California.

Do Not Let Dispensaries Scan Your ID

You must be 21 or older to purchase marijuana in California, and therefore you must show a valid ID when buying marijuana at a dispensary. A driver’s license, passport and other government issued ID are acceptable forms of identification to purchase marijuana.

Some marijuana dispensaries may scan your ID when you make a purchase. You should be aware that this may save your information in a database. You are not required to have your ID scanned, so ask if you can simply show your ID rather than having it scanned.

You Do Not Have to Provide Any Additional Information

Some marijuana dispensaries may ask you for your name, phone number, email or additional information. You do not have to provide this information.

While some businesses may only use your personal information for marketing purposes, there are no laws in place in California to protect your information if you provide it to a marijuana business. This means not only that the business may be able to store and sell your information, but also that federal authorities may be able to gain access to it.

If you are uncomfortable sharing your information with a marijuana dispensary, find another place to purchase marijuana.

You Are Being Taped

Under California regulations, businesses that sell marijuana are required to have video surveillance in place. If you want to avoid being recorded on video, you should consider using a marijuana delivery service, but keep in mind that dispensaries may retain a copy of each delivery request.

Were You Accused of Violating Marijuana Laws? Call Wallin & Klarich Today

If you or someone you love one has been accused of a marijuana-related crime, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled and knowledgeable criminal lawyers have been successfully defending clients facing federal and state charges for more than 40 years. Let us help you now.

With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available near you no matter where you are located.

Call our office today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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