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Impact of Legal Marijuana?

Posted on June 2nd, 2013

Marijuana Update in West Chester PA

The debate rages all, in college towns like West Chester PA in Chester County, throughout Philadelphia, and across Pennsylvania as to what extent marijuana or weed should be legalized or allowed to be used for medical or health reasons.

While marijuana remains illegal and prosecutors and legislators across the state and in Philadelphia suburbs continue to prosecute stops of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia, new information from another front discusses the unintended consequences of increasing the availability of marijuana to the community.  Have questions regarding the legality of marijuana, in need of legal advice following receipt of marijuana charges or seeking help for a family friend who is in legal charge and has an addiction issue, contact us by EMAIL or call at (610) 692-8700. 

A recent study by JAMA Pediatrics suggests that the increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug.  The study suggests that the correlation between use of medical marijuana and accident use by children may be related to a lack of safety issues in place.  In some cases, medical marijuana items  can look like treats and candies (ie. gummy candies, cookies, brownies and cakes, etc.)  The symptoms in the case study were mostly mild and the emphasis was on parents using legal medical marijuana to use care in keeping the narcotic laced products out of reach.

Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., allow medical marijuana, though it remains illegal under federal law. Colorado’s law dates to 2000 but the study notes that use there soared after the 2009 policy change on prosecution. Last year, Colorado and Washington state legalized adult possession of small amounts of nonmedical marijuana.  Some states, including Colorado, allow medical marijuana use by sick kids, with parents’ supervision.


Are you facing prosecution for possession and/or use of marijuana in West Chester, PA, Chester County and the surrounding counties?   Our legal team is experienced and ready to fight your Marijuana and Marijuana Possession Charges.  We look forward to fight for your rights before, during and after an arrest.  Our reputation for successful defense strategy and tactics coupled with one-one-one client interaction makes us the Pennsylvania defense attorneys of choice for individuals facing serious felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

We represent clients charged with such Pennsylvania drug offenses as:

  • Marijuana Possession Charges
  • Small Amount of Marijuana or “pot”
  • Drug Paraphernalia including, pot pipes, baggies, needles, scales, etc.
  • Cultivating, Manufacturing, Growing  or Possession of Marijuana Plants
  • Juvenile Drug Crimes including possession or delivery in a school
  • School Zone Sentencing Enhancements

Ciccarelli Law offices defends individuals and their families facing marijuana and pot/weed offenses including drug and narcotics crimes, possession and delivery or trafficking crimes in Pennsylvania.  Our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers have been handling drug cases for more than 30 years and look to help clients avoid having these charges lead to serious jail time and a permanent mark on their criminal record.

Based  in suburban Philadelphia at 304 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380, we make your choice all the clearer with locations throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia Pennsylvania, including Center City Philadelphia, West Chester PA, Malvern (serving Downingtown/Exton PA), Kennett Square PA, Lancaster PA,King of Prussia PA, Plymouth Meeting PA, Radnor and Springfield PA.  We serve Downingtown, Paoli, Media, Norristown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading and Allentown.  For more information or to schedule an appointment contact us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.