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Cannabis Laws in California

Sacramento Cannabis Lawyer with Over a Decade of Experience

Cannabis is a new field of law. While before it was strictly illegal and off limits to anyone and everyone, there are now rules that specify who can be in possession and how much they can possess at a given time. Your ability to legally own cannabis is important to understand, especially if you were charged with a drug crime involving the substance. At Donato Legal Group, our Sacramento marijuana crime defense lawyer has the experience, in-depth knowledge, and insights to help you protect your business. If you were charged with a crime involving cannabis, get help from our team.

Get started on building your legal strategy. Dial (916) 318-5997 now or contact Donato Legal Group online for a consultation about your case.

Who Can Possess Marijuana?

Thanks to the recent Prop 64 laws, people over 21 are able to buy cannabis without a medical recommendation. This means that so long as you are not in possession of an amount over the legal limit, you are operating within the law. However, this does not stop some police officers from alleging that you were doing something illegal. It is important that you have the help of an experienced legal representative on your side to help you prove your innocence.

In California, it is illegal to use marijuana while:

  • Driving a car
  • Visiting a public place that is not licensed for cannabis consumption
  • At a school, daycare center, or youth center

You are also prohibited from growing marijuana anywhere that is visible to the public. You also cannot provide marijuana to anyone under the age of 21. The legal possession amount is 28.5 grams, which is about 1 ounce.

What are the Penalties for the Unlawful Cultivation of Marijuana?

Under Proposition 64, it is lawful for adults over the age of 21 to grow up to six marijuana plants. Unlawful cultivation of marijuana (6 plants or more) is a misdemeanor charge and punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine.

How We Can Help

Attorney Alan Donato has experience with some of the earliest iterations of California’s cannabis laws. He is a member of Americans for Safe Access and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, giving him extensive insights on how the law affects people. His understanding of cannabis statutes has helped him build strong cases for his clients. If you were arrested on cannabis charges, Donato Legal Group may be able to help you have those charges reduced or, in some cases, even dropped.

During your consultation, we will work with you to understand what happened and how to proceed with your defense. County, state, and federal prosecutors may be assigned to your case, and they will do what they can to secure a conviction. You need someone on your side who can help you stand strong and protect yourself. Call Donato Legal Group today to get started.

Dial (916) 318-5997 now and schedule your consultation with our firm.

Former Client Reviews

Caring Representation That's Focused On Results 
  • Alan is a skilled trial attorney who's work ethic is matched by his integrity.

    “Alan and I have had several cases against each other. Alan is a skilled trial attorney who's work ethic is matched by his integrity. He is a worthy adversary who fights for his client.”

    - Brett W.
  • I cherish their hard work, dedication, and passion.

    “After fighting false allegations for a 3 year ordeal, I still can’t believe that my case is finally over. Alan took my case to trial and the jury agreed that I didn’t do anything. I will never ever be ...”

    - Former Client
  • I owe a lot to him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense lawyer.

    “Alan was amazing and helped me get through a really tough part of life. He fought for me and got me the best deal possible. I owe a lot to him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal ...”

    - Former Client
  • They have helped my son.

    “The nightmare started in South Lake Tahoe, my son was arrested and charged with a serious crime, he was appointed a Public Defender who did everything in her power to hurt my son and work against him, ...”

    - Melissa
  • Alan Donato saved my life!

    “My story begins a year ago when my house was raided by the cops. They were looking for someone who had a warrant. When I went to jail my whole life flipped upside down. Fear of losing my job and even ...”

    - Daniel

Meet the Team

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    Alan Donato
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    Iryna Kylyushyk
    Iryna Kylyushyk is a provisionally licensed attorney at Donato Legal Group. Mrs. Kylyushyk focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury. Mrs. Kylyushyk is dedicated to achieving the highest level of success for her clients. Fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian she is able to communicate with wide range of client’s and provide effective representation. When not in the office, Iryna enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
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    Tiangay Kemokai

    Of Counsel

    Ms. Kemokai is a gifted attorney with extensive experience successfully litigating writs and appeals, as well as, all aspects of complex civil litigation from mass torts to putative class action lawsuits. During her tenure at McGeorge School of Law, she was on the Dean’s Honor Roll and held the most coveted positions: Editor-in-Chief of the Global Business & Development Law Journal, Member of the McGeorge Mock Trial Competition Team, and Student-member of the Kennedy Inn of Courts.
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    Keith Staten

    Of Counsel

    Keith Staten has expertise in all DUI and DMV related matters. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1992. After beginning his career at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Staten left to pursue private criminal defense in 1994. Between 2001 and 2007, Mr. Staten was Senior Staff Counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. There he reviewed DUI legislation and managed all writ litigation throughout the State of ...
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    Danielle Chaloux

    Administrative Assistant

    Danielle Chaloux is the administrative assistant to attorney Donato. She handles all of the firm's intake phone calls and other administrative tasks for Donato Legal Group. Danielle has 10 years experience as a veterinary technician and recently graduated from California State University Sacramento in May 2023 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Danielle was awarded the 'Dean's Honor Award' for the entire Criminal Justice department for her graduating class of 7200 CRJ Students. She is currently ...

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