In the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized
the medical use of marijuana. Other States have legalized the recreational
use of marijuana. It is an industry with no clear direction as laws vary
from state to state regarding both medical use and recreational use.
Complicating matters is that marijuana remains illegal under Federal Law
pursuant to the Controlled Substance Act as a schedule I drug identified
as a high potential for abuse. Medical marijuana use has been protected
since 2014 when a law was created probating the federal government from
prosecuting individuals acting under their states medical marijuana laws.
As of January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to reverse
a policy declining to prosecute recreational marijuana on the federal
level by leaving it up to the individual US Attorneys and their jurisdictions
to decide if they should aggressively enforce federal marijuana laws.
Jeff Sessions in the past has compared marijuana use to heroin.
In New York State, there is a medical marijuana exception to the criminal
laws. In short, to qualify you must be diagnosed with a severe debilitating
or life threatening conditions and must have a treating doctor certify
you to receive medical marijuana.
New York does not allow recreational use of marijuana. Possession, use
and sale of marijuana is illegal and the charges can range from simple
possession to a serious felony charge.
If you or a loved one is charged with a marijuana offense or any drug offense
call our criminal defense attorney’s today. We are published authors in the area of drug defenses and have
extensive experience defending these crimes.
We have offices conveniently located in downtown White Plains and
Peekskill in Westchester County, New York.