My advice would be to see counsel ASAP. A medicinal marijuana card is not going to be helpful for a charge of sales. A sales charge is very serious, especially for your boyfriend given he has a prior cultivation charge. This is not to say the DA can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. You need to approach court with a qualified attorney. This is not going to go away by you stating you have a marijuana card.
Woodland is a tough place to be caught with marijuana. I had a case out of there years ago, and it was turned over to the feds. I strongly encourage you to contact a few attorneys for a free consultation. Although you are in Northern California, you are not near Humboldt. You are near Sacramento, which has a entirely different attitude to marijuana. I wish you both the best.
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The Sales charge creates a significant stumbling block to getting the case(s) dismissed based upon an argument of legal possession related to the medical marijuana card. It certainly does not mean that the charges cannot be dismissed or significantly reduced, depending upon the facts of the case, but I would recommend contacting a criminal defense attorney ASAP. Almost all of us give free initial consultations.
As a side note, just because you were released due to overcrowding does not mean that the District Attorney will not request bail to be set at the initial appearance or they may even issue a Felony Warrant. Both regularly happen in Northern California courts.
Depending on the evidence, a medical marijuana recommendation is probably not going to help your husband with a sales charge. And if you don't already have your recommendation, then you do not have a medical marijuana defense. Unless you can both afford attorneys, one of you will get the public defender and one of you will get a conflict attorney. I live in Woodland and I can tell you this is a difficult court to be facing criminal charges in. Good luck.
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Without more information on the specifics of your case, it's impossible to tell you what to expect. My best advice is to contact an attorney in the area ASAP.
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