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This page contains information, and links to information, regarding many of the legal and political issues involving medical marijuana. First you will find the two laws that are the pillars of this movement 215 and 420. You will also find information and links to many of the important associations and coalitions involved with patient rights who are fighting diligently to decriminalize this medicine and remove the stigma surrounding it. In addition you will see links to local government especially all the San Francisco Supervisors, let your voice count write to them in support of medical marijuana! Lastly we are including an extensive list of Bay Area attorneys who are actively involved with issues relating to medical marijuana and are all listed as members or supporters of NORML.

Proposition 215 (or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 ... more >

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California State Senate Bill 420
A new bill establishing statewide guidelines for Prop. 215 enforcement takes effect on January 1, 2004. The bill, SB 420 by Sen. John Vasconcellos, was signed by outgoing Gov. Gray Davis just days after he lost the recall election.

SB 420, which reflects a compromise between patients' advocates and law enforcement, includes controversial new state guidelines regarding how much marijuana patients may grow and possess without being subject to arrest. It also includes a voluntary patient identification card system and other provisions to protect patients and ... more >
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SFALC-logoAmericans for Safe Access (ASA) is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ... more >


SFALC-logoA Voice for Responsible Marijuana Smokers Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest ... more >

SFALC-logoThe Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR) was created to bring citizens together to end cannabis prohibition.
On November 2, 2010, Proposition 19 came within 345,000 votes of overturning cannabis prohibition in California. In the months leading up to ... more >

SFALC-logoThe Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our supporters ... more >


SFALC-logoMPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment ... more >


SFALC-logoThe National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the only trade association in the U.S. that works to advance the interests of cannabis-related businesses on the national level. NCIA was founded on the principle of power in numbers. ... more >


SFALC-logoIn response to attacks on state-legal patients and providers, key leadership from the medical marijuana and law reform movements came together in 2002 to form Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education ... more >


SFALC-logoStudents for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people ... more >

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SFALC-logoCity and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors responds to the needs of the people of the City and County of San Francisco, establishes city policies, and adopts ordinances and resolutions. ... more >

SFALC-logoThe Medical Board of California is a state government agency which licenses and disciplines medical doctors. The Board provides two principal types of services to consumers: public-record information about California-licensed physicians, and investigation ... more >

ATTORNEYS > back to top

Pier 5 Law Offices
506 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415/986-5591
Fax: 415/421-1331

Michael Stepanian
Stadtmuller House
819 Eddy St. San Francisco, 94109
Phone: 415- 771-6174
Fax: 415- 474-3748

James Anthony
2107-A Livingston Street, Oakland, 94606
Phone: 510-842-3553
Fax: 510-228-0411

Michael Lauer
1425 Leimert Blvd., Suite 404, Oakland, 94602
Phone: 510-336-9388

William G. Panzer
370 Grand Ave., Ste. 3, Oakland, 94610
Phone: 510-834-1892
Fax: 510-834-0418

Randy Sue Pollock
2831 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, 94609
Phone: 510-763-9967
Fax: 510-272-0711

Robert Raich
Medical Cannabis Business Law, Regulations, & Dispensaries
1970 Broadway, Suite 1200, Oakland, 94612
Phone: 510-338-0700

Dennis Roberts
370 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 94610
Phone: 510-465-6363
Fax: 510-465-7375

James M. Silva
370 Grand Avenue, Suite 3, Oakland, 94610
Phone: 510-350-7724
Fax: 510-834-0418

Thomas J. Nolan
600 University Avenue, Palo Alto, 94301
Phone: 650-326-2980

Thomas Greenberg
2000 Broadway Street, Redwood City, 94063
Phone: 650-242-0021

Alexis Wilson Briggs
506 Broadway, San Francisco, 94133
Phone: 415-646-5915

Edward M.Burch
101 California Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, 94111
Phone: 415-518-0498
Fax: 877-767-3821

Law Office of Anthony Feldstein
300 Montgomery St. Suite 660, San Francisco, 94104
Phone: 415-668-4845
Fax: 415-474-4882

Zenia K. Gilg
809 Montgomery Street, 2nd FL, San Francisco, 94133
Phone: 415-394-3800
Fax: 415-394-3806

Matt Kumin LLP
870 Market Street Suite 1154, San Francisco, 94102
Phone: 415-434-4500
Fax: 415-434-8453

David M. Michael
101 California Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, 94111
Phone: 415-946-8996
Fax: 877-538-6220

Danny B. Schultz
809 Montgomery, 2nd FL, San Francisco, 94133
Phone: 415-394-3800
Fax: 415-394-3806

Ean Vizzi
Pier 5 Law Offices
506 Broadway, San Francisco, 94133
Phone: 415-986-5591
Fax: 415-421-1331

Mark Arnold
45 E. Julian Street, San Jose, 95112
Phone: 408-286-6320
Fax: 408-286-9155

Geoffrey W. Rawlings
255 N. Market St., Suite 265, San Jose, 95110
Phone: 408-292-8400
Fax: 408-297-9201

Ronald Doyle Blair
1330 Lincoln Avenue, Ste 308C, San Rafael, 94901
Phone: (415) 485-4324
Fax: (415) 485-4487

Robert Y. Bell
PO Box 1963, Santa Rosa, 95402
Phone: 707-546-4223
Fax: 707-528-9117

Peter Goldbeck
131-A Stony Circle, Suite 500, Santa Rosa, 95405
Phone: 707-578-1226
Fax: 707-578-2304

Law Offices of L. Stephen Turer
610 Davis Street, Santa Rosa, 95401
Phone: (707) 546-1551
Fax: (707) 546-5026

Orchid Vaghti
610 Davis Street, Santa Rosa, 95401
Phone: (707) 546-1551
Fax: (707) 546-5026

Evan E. Zelig
703 2nd Street, Suite 404, Santa Rosa, 95404
Phone: (707) 636-3204
Fax: (707) 636-3251

Gordon S. Brownell
1241 Adams St. #1139, St. Helena, 94574
Phone: 707-942-4565
Fax: 707-942-8520
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