California recognized the use of marijuana as a legitimate medical treatment for certain conditions and diseases in 1996, but federal law continues to lag behind.
Recently, a young woman was spending time in Kings Canyon National Park and was written up by a park ranger for possession of medical marijuana. This write-up was eventually filed as a federal misdemeanor. Since the marijuana was used to treat the woman’s legitimate and debillitating medical disease, she was determined to fight for the best outcome.
Through working closely with the prosecutor and judge, attorney Michael McKneely was able to have his client’s matter handled informally, getting the charge reduced to an infraction that resulted in a small fine that would not register on her permanent criminal record.
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