Over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience in the Van Nuys and San Fernando courts

Bob Schwartz

Of Counsel

Bob Schwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for 43 years. In 2012, Mr. Schwartz was honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Garret Weinrieb

Managing Partner

Garret Weinrieb, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), draws on over 20 years of experience as a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney and litigator to aggressively represent and protect his clients’ rights and interests against all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

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San Fernando & Van Nuys Medical Marijuana Attorney

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to medical marijuana in the San Fernando Valley, including Van Nuys, criminal defense attorneys from our firm have the knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you. Our attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience fighting charges ranging from DUI to murder.

Medical Marijuana law is one of the most controversial areas of criminal law in Los Angeles and statewide. A new Los Angeles ordinance, set to take effect on September 6, 2012, would effectively shut down the majority of medical marijuana “dispensaries” in the City of Los Angeles. This is a massive change to existing law which effectively allowed medical marijuana “dispensaries” to operate without repercussions.

In its purest form, California’s medical marijuana law, the “Compassionate Use Act”, protects qualified patients and their primary caregivers from conviction for possessing or growing marijuana. Unfortunately, many qualified patients and primary caregivers are still arrested and prosecuted for marijuana charges.

Qualified Patients may possess and grow marijuana for medical purposes if: The patient suffers from a qualifying condition or illness; A physician has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of their condition or illness; The marijuana is for personal medical use only; and The amount of marijuana the patient possesses or is growing is consistent with his or her medical needs.

Primary caregivers hold the same rights as a patient to possess and grow marijuana on behalf of the patient if they meet the legal standard of a primary care giver.

An expert understanding of California’s medical marijuana laws, including all of Los Angeles’ recent legislative changes, is necessary defend qualified patients and caregivers against charges of possession, cultivation, transportation and sales of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Defense Attorneys

The legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb has over 80 years of combined experience defending clients charged with all types of marijuana offenses. If you or a loved one is facing any marijuana or medical marijuana related offense, contact an experienced medical marijuana attorney from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.

Experienced Defense Lawyers

With over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience, the murder defense legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb will immediately review all evidence against you. Your case will be an immediate priority and a defense strategy will be determined and immediately employed.


When you have been arrested and charged with a crime in the Van Nuys or San Fernando courthouses, whether a first DUI offense or a serious felony charge, one rule holds true: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation.

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