San Francisco Defense Attorney Says Medical Marijuana Card is Not a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

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“Your card is not a license to act stupidly,” warns San Francisco criminal defense attorney Tim Pori in a new blog post that explains the limitations of a California Medical Marijuana Card.

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Tim A. Pori is a San Francisco criminal defense attorney.

The arresting officer will see your card, arrest you, and suggest that you ‘Tell it to the Judge.’ You will then need to hire a defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom.

San Francisco criminal defense attorney Tim Pori knows from personal experience that smoking pot can make a person stupid, and some of the stupid things people do when they are high will get them stopped by law enforcement officers. Although medical marijuana card holders commonly believe that they are immune to possession or driving under the influence charges, that is simply not the case.

There are limitations of California Medical Marijuana Card’s power, says Pori. If someone is pulled over and the officer finds marijuana in the vehicle or decides to bring a person in for a drug test, flashing a medical marijuana authorization at the cop is not going to work like an instant ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card.

“A medical marijuana card can only be used in defense of California state charges,” said Pori. “It does not prevent the cops from arresting you. It only gives you the right to explain at trial why the marijuana in your possession is related to your diagnosed medical condition.

“The arresting officer will see your card, arrest you, and suggest that you ‘Tell it to the Judge.’ You will then need to hire a defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom.”

A person has to prove that any marijuana found in their possession by the police is reasonably related to medical needs, Pori warns. If a person is selling dime bags and possesses sales ledgers and owe sheets, or has 30 messages in their mobile phone from customers wanting to buy a bag, a marijuana card is not an adequate defense.

“You are required to renew the doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana every year, if the original recommendation included an expiration date,” said Pori. “California law does not overrule Federal law, so don’t bring weed to federal land.”

Pori’s online article (http://www.timpori.com/2011/10/why-your-california-marijuana-card-is.html) contains four tips on how to comply with California’s marijuana law. The post is the most recent in Pori’s ‘Legal Advice for Stupid Criminals’ series.

The attorney explains that he targets stupid criminals, as opposed to the smart criminals who work on Wall Street or run insurance companies and have access to the best legal advice money can buy. Stupid criminals seldom have much money, which makes them vulnerable and even greater need of quality legal advice.

For more information about defense of drug violations or any state or federal criminal charge, visit criminaldefensesanfrancisco.com or call Tim Pori at 415 495-4800.

About the Law Offices of Tim A. Pori
Tim A. Pori is a San Francisco defense attorney who actively defends people accused of drug crimes, weapons violations, federal and state felonies (including murder), and many other violations, such as misdemeanors, drunk driving and sex offenses in San Francisco and the surrounding communities, such as Vallejo.

As a defense attorney, Pori is a member of the California State Bar and has been licensed by the California Board of Certification as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He has practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for 14 years.

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