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Felony to misdeamor to dismissal

posted Dec 28, 2012, 9:24 AM by Robert Weems   [ updated Dec 28, 2012, 9:34 AM ]

After a year long battle, District Attorney finally drops charges against WLO client accused of animal abuse.

Didn't You Get the Memo

posted Mar 13, 2012, 4:15 PM by Robert Weems   [ updated Apr 19, 2012, 5:56 PM ]

"A single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country," but not without risk to individual property owners. When California's US Attorneys announced a new approach toward medical marijuana, Weems Law Offices helped commercial landlords navigating the treacherous course between federal forfeiture law and medicinal cannabis advocates.

CUA Permits Qualified Patients to Transport for Collective

posted Mar 13, 2012, 4:00 PM by Robert Weems   [ updated Mar 13, 2012, 4:03 PM ]

The Compassionate Use Act (CUA) provides a defense to a charge of transportation of marijuana when carried by a qualified patient operating a legitimate dispensary. The defendant was one of 14 grower members of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary group with 5,000 members operating under the Medical Marijuana Collective Ordinance in Los Angeles. He grew marijuana and dropped it off at the dispensary for other members to purchase. He was carrying just over a pound of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, and cocaine when arrested about a block and a half from the dispensary clinic. The trial court found that he was a qualified patient and that he was operating a legitimate dispensary, but that the transportation charge had nothing to do with the cultivation process which is provided for by Health and Safety Code section 11362.775. The judgment for transportation of marijuana and possession of concentrated cannabis were reversed. The statute’s plain and commonsense meaning entitles the qualified patient to a defense to those two charges. People v. Colvin , 2/23/12

WLO Client Dismissed, Town Enjoined, Dispensary Tenant Stays

posted Nov 30, 2010, 1:41 PM by Robert Weems

Corte Madera v. Verdance, Inc. (Marin, CA).  Under the terms of a stipulated injunction negotiated by WLO attorneys between the Town, our client and our client's tenant, our client Francisco Properties has been dismissed with prejudice from the action, the Town enjoined from interfering with the our client's lease to the dispensary and the dispensary will increase its membership age requirement to 21.  The injunction was entered by the Court on Monday, November 29, 2010.

High Profile

posted May 14, 2010, 7:40 AM by Robert Weems   [ updated Oct 26, 2010, 9:15 PM ]

Corte Madera, et al v. Verdance, Inc., et al. is a public lawsuit against a non-profit medical marijuana collective located in Marin County, California. We represent the office-building-owner leasing to the collective after it received a business license from the Town.  At issue is whether a municipality can federalized its zoning ordinances to prevent uses allowed by California's Compassionate Use and other medical marijuana laws. We have asked the Court to dismiss the complaint against the landlord. The Town has asked for a preliminary injunction arguing the non-profit collective is a public nuisance (despite a clean bill of health from local law enforcement and no actual complaints against this collective). The motions will be heard together in late December--after the Prop. 19 election and before new laws on medical marijuana come into effect. 

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