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Marijuana Defense No More – Colorado Legalizes Pot

Non-medical Marijuana Sold in Colorado

Marijuana defense attorneys in Colorado lose sleep, and revenue, as Colorado becomes the first state to legalize the recreational purchase and use of marijuana.  The law was passed earlier in 2013, but was put into effect on New Year’s Day.  Literally thousands of people from across the country travelled to Denver, Colorado Springs, and other major Colorado cities for the opportunity to purchase marijuana legally.   

The law, Amendment 64, looks to save Colorado approximately $12 million per year.  In the first decade of the 2000’s, Colorado averaged near 10,000 arrests and tickets for minors possession and using marijuana.  In 2013 the number dropped to approximately 4,500.  But many attribute that drop to the knowledge of the upcoming legalization.  The law does not allow for public use of marijuana, but at this point citizens are simply happy to be able to use the substance in the privacy of their own homes.   

Unfortunately while there are many states that are looking at a push to legalize marijuana, Michigan is nowhere close to passing such a law.  For more information on the current state of marijuana laws in Michigan and marijuana defense, as well as the possible charges that one could face if caught with marijuana, click here

Drug cases tend to be the most complicated cases because of all the different issues that may come up.  That means you need a marijuana defense attorney who knows the law and how to use it to your advantage.  When a client retains Nessel and Kessel Law we immediately begin to develop a comprehensive strategy for success.  Sometimes success means convincing the prosecutor to dismiss the charges completely, or have them greatly reduced.  Other times it means a motion to suppress evidence to have the case dismissed by a judge, or fully preparing for trial and securing a not guilty verdict. 

There are almost always 4th Amendment issues when dealing with narcotics charges because the arrest usually stems from a stop on the street or while driving, from the execution of a search warrant, or because of the use of a confidential informent to secure information used to perform a stop or obtain a warrant.  Many times your case will hinge on whether or not your 4th Amendment rights have been violated. 

Narcotics charges also hinge heavily on police officer testimony.  Generally there will be multiple officers who take part in a “raid.”  At Nessel and Kessel Law, we have the necessary skill and experience to cross examine these officers and find the holes and cracks in their story, thereby allowing us to expose the lies and fabrications in their story.  At Nessel and Kessel Law, not only do we know the law and how to use it to your advantage, but we know how to expose witnesses who are being less than honest. 

Contact Nessel and Kessel Law today if you or a friend or family member has been charged with a drug offense.  




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