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John C. Lemon

619-794-0423
John C. Lemon
Law Offices of John C. Lemon, APC
1350 Columbia St Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
www.jcl-lawoffice.com
Phone: 619-794-0423
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

John C. Lemon

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About John C. Lemon

For over 15 years, John C. Lemon has been on the front lines of the resistance to the federal war on drugs.  First as a federal public defender and currently as a criminal-defense attorney specializing in drug-trafficking, racketeering (RICO), and other complex cases, he has successfully defended clients in hundreds of cannabis prosecutions (most of them in the federal courts).  He has won num... read more »

Biography

For over 15 years, John C. Lemon has been on the front lines of the resistance to the federal war on drugs.  First as a federal public defender and currently as a criminal-defense attorney specializing in drug-trafficking, racketeering (RICO), and other complex cases, he has successfully defended clients in hundreds of cannabis prosecutions (most of them in the federal courts).  He has won numerous acquittals, dismissals, and motions to suppress evidence in drug-trafficking cases, as well as the reversals of convictions and sentences in the federal appellate courts.

Cannabis prohibition is ending.  The question is not "if," but "when."  But these are uncertain times, especially for small business.  Cannabis remains classified by the DEA as a Schedule I controlled substance (having no redeeming medical or other value), and is still completely banned by the federal government.  And although Prop 64 created a five-year window for small businesses to launch before big corporations (e.g., "Big Tobacco," "Big Pharma," and "Big Agri") can apply for licenses, that head start for small business will necessarily coincide with a new Justice Department headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vehement opponent of everything cannabis.  This compounds the uncertainty. 

Accordingly, prudent members of the industry -- especially those who wish to be in total compliance with California and local law -- cannot afford to lose sight of the federal implications of their work.  To that end, Mr. Lemon is expanding his practice area beyond criminal defense to include all facets of cannabis representation (i.e., medical and adult-use licensing and other transactional work).  The objective is to assist clients in a completely new way:  to help them build sustainable businesses in an uncharted era of regulation and enforcement.

Mr. Lemon is certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the California State Bar, is rated "AV" (the highest rating for legal skill and ethics) by Martindale Hubbell, and is consistently recognized in the San Diego "Super Lawyers" and Best Lawyers in America publications.  He holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma (with distinction) and a JD from Stanford Law School.  He is licensed to practice in the State of California, the Southern District of California, the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

The firm's website is located at http://www.jcl-lawoffice.com/.

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Contact Information

John C. Lemon -
Law Offices of John C. Lemon, APC
1350 Columbia St Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
www.jcl-lawoffice.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 619-794-0423

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Criminal Defense100.00%
Marijuana Defense100.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
California Member in Good Standing 1994

Work Experience

Position Duration
Law Offices of John C. Lemon, APC 2006 – present
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 20012006

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Stanford University Law School J.D. 1994
University of Oklahoma Letters B.A. with Distinction 1990

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2016 – present

Specialty Certifications

Certification Specialty Accredited Organization Year
Board Certified Specialist Criminal Trial Advocacy National Board of Trial Advocacy 2005

Awards and Recognitions

Recognition Granting Organization Year
Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers 2014
Super Lawyers of San Diego Law & Politics 2008

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