Medical Marijuana Patients Still Frequently Face Charges

We Defend Clients In A Wide Range Of Medical Marijuana Cases

Passed in 2008, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) makes it legal for people who have a debilitating condition and his or her primary caregiver to possess, cultivate, manufacture, use, deliver or transfer marijuana or paraphernalia in order to treat the medical condition. Patients who qualify are issued a registry identification card by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Many people who believe they are following rules of this law are arrested on a wide range of misdemeanor and felony marijuana charges, including:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  • Manufacturing marijuana
  • Delivery of marijuana

At the Law Office of Timothy M. Williams in Mason, I advocate aggressively for individuals who face criminal charges even though they believe they were following the letter of Michigan's law regarding the possession or use of medical marijuana.

Treat All Criminal Charges Seriously

Do not underestimate the seriousness of marijuana charges. Penalties range from large fines to loss of a license and even incarceration. It is smart to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer who has experience defending medical marijuana patients and caregivers. I have that experience.

An attorney who does not regularly defend medical marijuana cases is less likely to be familiar with the numerous amendments that have been made to the MMMA since 2008, including redefining the term "medical marijuana" and changing the legal amount a patient or caregiver is allowed possess. I understand your rights under the law and will work to protect them. I will explore the possibility of having your case dismissed. If that is not possible, other options include seeking reduced charges or pursuing acquittal in court.

The MMMA serves as a sort of shield against state and federal marijuana laws. However, medical marijuana patients are often arrested because their conduct falls outside of the MMMA rules. In their zeal to confiscate marijuana and make an arrest, police frequently conduct illegal searches. I will carefully review the facts of your arrest to determine if police violated your civil rights.

Prompt Action Is Important

Waiting too long to call my office following an arrest can make it more challenging to produce the best possible outcome. Call 517-833-4071 or use my online contact form to schedule a free consultation, and do not speak further with police.