Banquet Speaker Advocates Legalizing Marijuana
By John E. Norblom
Los Angeles attorney and South western alumnus Bruce M. Margolin spoke of narcotics problems and suggested that marijuana be legalized in his talk before a capacity crowd at Sigma Lambda Sigma’s December Banquet.
Mr. Margolin who graciously consented to speak when scheduled speaker A. L. Wirin was stricken with Hong Kong Flu, is a 1966 graduate of Southwestern University
After passing the Bar, he opened a small office in the Statler Hilton Building in downtown Los Angeles. By chance, he defended a marijuana possession case for a $25 fee. From this small beginning he has developed a very large legal practice. Most of his cases involved either the possession or sale of marijuana.
He now has a staff of attorneys and handles about 50 cases a week. It is not unusual for his staff to have 15 court appearances per day. He estimates that he has personally defended over 700 cases.
If possible he never lets his cases get to trial. ” You lose at trial” says Margolin. 90% of the cases are won on illegal search and signature issues.
Many cases are won on the basis of Penal Code Section 844, which requires demand of entry, identity and explanation before forcible entry. Mr. Margolin states, “enforcement of the law should not result from violation of the law.” The following are some of Mr. Margolin’s observations from his recent experiences:
50% of the Superior Court Criminal cases involve narcotics; one out of every ten high school students has either been arrested or has a close personal friend who has been arrested for possession of marijuana/ cannabis;
90% of all marijuana/cannabis comes from Mexico.
Mr. Margolin is a dedicated attorney who identifies with his clients. In his talk Mr. Margolin based his advocacy of legalizing marijuana on his determination that marijuana is not physically addicting, and that most users do not graduate to hard narcotics.