On November 16, California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities released the proposed emergency cannabis regulations for commercial medical and adult-use (recreational) cannabis.  The proposed regulations consist of over 200 pages of detailed rules regarding the cultivation, manufacturing, sale, distribution, and testing of cannabis and cannabis-products. In the video above, Michael Cindrich is interviewed by KUSI’s Sasha Foo regarding the impact that these new regulations will have on the cannabis industry in California. Click here for Read More

The green rush is on in California. The State already holds the lion’s share of the $5.7 billion cannabis industry, and the market is primed for unprecedented growth with the recent legalization of recreational adult use. Cannabis law has come a long way since California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis use over 20 years ago. However, there is still a long road ahead to create a fully operational and legitimate market. Industry Read More

Another cannabis dismissal for attorney Michael E. Cindrich.  This case arose when our client was detained by security at a private airport in Oakland, California.  Our client had been waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles when a K9 indicated a positive alert on a box he had in his possession.  A search of the box revealed 15 mason jars filled with a total of 7,245 grams of cannabis oil.  Law enforcement also discovered Read More

Two huge wins for our firm on cultivation cases today! Nine defendants in two separate cases had their cultivation charges dismissed by the Riverside District Attorney’s Office. The first case concerned an 887 plant collective grow. The six defendants were all patients who were cultivating medicine intended for a locally licensed collective in San Diego, CA. Michael Cindrich filed a “Mower Motion” which allows the defendants to present a defense ahead of trial, and forces Read More

Michael Cindrich Wins His 4th “Not Guilty” Cannabis Verdict in 12 Months After a week long trial and an hour of jury deliberations, Anthony Palumbo finally heard the words he had been waiting almost a year and a half to hear: Not Guilty! His case began the way so many medical cannabis cases begin. A group of patients get together and decide to set up a collective grow. They spend months preparing, thousands of dollars Read More

Banking Problems Faced By Cannabis Businesses When asked what the largest hurdle is for state-legal cannabis businesses, the answer you will commonly hear is “banking.” Though cannabis can be legally used, possessed, cultivated, and distributed under certain circumstances in more than half of the states, there are almost no banks that will knowingly accept accounts from cannabis businesses.  The reason: cannabis remains an illegal schedule I controlled substance under federal law.  This creates a wide array of problems Read More

The San Diego City Council met yesterday to review proposed regulations that would alter the current cannabis business landscape in the City. One of the main issues discussed was whether the currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries would be able to sell recreational cannabis. The City Council unanimously approved a change to the municipal code to allow this shift to take effect. Perhaps the most important issue addressed was whether the City would create separate permitting Read More

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) is a California initiative that would allow adults over 21 years old to legally possess and transport up to one ounce of marijuana, and cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants.  As of May 5, 2016, AUMA received over 600,000 signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot.  In this live interview with KUSI News, San Diego Marijuana Attorney Michael Cindrich discusses some of the implications of AUMA.

420 NOT GUILTY IN 10: HOW A JURY OF 12 FOUND A LOS ANGELES MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT NOT GUILTY IN 10 MINUTES by Tony M. Soliman, Esq. In this current climate of medical marijuana law reform, it’s not hard to see the shift in the paradigm towards liberation. It appears the public consensus favors medical marijuana regulation that provides adequate defense for qualified patients against law enforcement agencies and prosecuting legal teams who claim to Read More

Encinitas man faces prison, felonies for $50 pot sale By Aaron Burgin May 13, 2015 Activists rally to aid of Brandon Smith against charges ENCINITAS — Is $50 worth of marijuana worth a young man’s future? This is the question that medical marijuana activists are asking as they rally around an Encinitas man, Brandon Michael Smith, 26, whose attorney says faces seven years in state prison — and other life-altering implications — in the wake Read More