Tag Archives: marijuana

Prop 64 and old marijuana convictions

Last night, California voters passed Proposition 64 which made sweeping changes to the marijuana laws. Possession by adults over 21 for personal, recreational use is now (as of 12:01 Wednesday November 9, 2016) legal in California.  There are also changes to the laws regarding prior convictions for possession, cultivation and distribution or possession for sale […]

Marijuana soon to be just an infraction – 11357(b) changes coming

Currently, under California law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is the lowest level misdemeanor possible.  The maximum possible punishment is a fine of no more than $100, but it is still a misdemeanor. Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed into law Senate Bill 1449 which will change the classification of possession of less than […]

Michael Phelps, marijuana and the Sheriff

The media and internet are all abuzz about a photo where Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is alleged to have been smoking marijuana from a bong.  Apparently, Phelps made some vague admission about inappropriate behavior.  Personal views about marijuana, drugs, athletes and the media aside – what about basic criminal law and procedure? From the ABA […]