Recently I represented a really good, hardworking guy that got caught up in the total confusion of the state's medical marijuana laws. These laws are vague at least, and there are a lot of gray areas that haven't been fuly sorted out in the courts yet. Some counties have been very aggressive in challenging this law. This guy got involved in that mess.
He had a medical marijuana patient and caregiver card from the State. He was growing his medicine in his basement and one day the police just showed up without a warrant raising cain about coming in his house and checking his compliance. He didn't fully understand the medical marijuana laws and he was doing a few things wrong. It's a good thing he knew a great criminal defense attorney because he got charged with 5 serious felonies, two of which carried mandatory minimum prison sentences. Plus, they seized a lot of guns and other property and filed a forefeiture for those things. This guy was scared to death that he was going to prision!
Luckily, after working on the case for almost a year, we were able to negotiate a deal where he got a misdemeanor and the felonies were dropped. He got 18 months probation and gets to keep and use his medical marijuana card.