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Former President Jimmy Carter was right: the only harmful consequence of using marijuana is getting caught. The civil war against marijuana users has been raging in the United States for some time. Yet, the fact that it was perfectly legal for the majority of our nation’s history, without any problems, proves that there is absolutely nothing dangerous about this plant. In short, the war against marijuana users is a farce; a capricious attempt by the establishment to stifle liberty and make a mockery of the people’s God given right to the pursuit of happiness. The result of this senseless and draconian scheme of laws and regulations has been the ongoing devastation of millions of innocent lives and families. The time has come to stand up to this abuse of power. The time has come to renew the bedrock principles of liberty that our nation is founded on. The time has come for marijuana reform.” – Thomas Dean, Rally Speech at Lafayette Park, Washington, DC.

Tom Dean’s History with Marijuana Law

Tom Dean’s passion for marijuana law reform began in Cleveland, Ohio, before he became an attorney. In fact, marijuana policy reform was his primary motivation to attend law school. As a college student in Ohio, he gradually became involved in marijuana policy reform by attending rallies and carefully studying the history and impact of marijuana prohibition. By the time he was admitted to the practice of law in 1993, his purpose had crystallized and he directed his attention to the marijuana policy reform movement. More specifically, he found that standing up for the rights of those charged with marijuana offenses was his calling, a commitment that continues unabated to this day.

Since being admitted to the Arizona Bar 16 years ago, Tom has developed an extensive and excellent record of successes in marijuana cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. He has represented countless individuals accused of all types of marijuana crimes ranging from simple possession, to importation, to transportation of marijuana, and everything in between.

The amount of marijuana involved in those cases has ranged from a couple of seeds to hundreds of pounds of marijuana. A list of the types of charges Tom handles can be found on the right-hand column, under “Areas of Practice.” Tom has rescued people from lengthy prison sentences, steep fines, drug testing, loss of student aid, deportation and drivers license suspension.

Tom’s record of obtaining positive outcomes for his clients backs up his highly regarded reputation as an exceptional attorney in the area of marijuana law. His accomplishments in drug cases led to him being referred to as “Dismissal Dean”, a nickname given to him several years ago by an Arizona Superior Court Judge in recognition of the volume of cases that he was able to get dismissed based on police violations of his client’s constitutional rights.

In recognition of his achievements and dedication to marijuana cases, in 1999, Tom had the honor of accepting the position of Litigation Director for NORML at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., during which time he scored major victories against the government’s marijuana prohibition policies and programs.

Please refer to the Reform Cases section for more information about some of the cases he handled as NORML’s Litigation Director. In that capacity, Tom initiated and managed all of NORML’s cases and other legal matters around the country. He also coordinated the efforts of NORML’s Legal Committee, consisting of marijuana lawyers nationwide who represent individuals in key cases around the country. You are encouraged to review more information about Tom’s cases by searching the internet (e.g., Tom [or Thomas] Dean marijuana norml).

(Tom continues to serve as a member of the NORML Legal Committee,a position he has held for 14 years)

It goes without saying that Tom is a “True Believer” in the cause. While his focus is on the individual’s fundamental right to use marijuana, he is also quick to point out that marijuana prohibition hurts everyone, even those who do not use marijuana themselves. Families are destroyed, our taxes are wasted, and the government continues to lie to its constituents about the imaginary harms of marijuana use.

Prison populations swell, drug testing industries flourish and many people live in constant fear of being arrested for engaging in an innocent form of recreation involving a substance far less harmful than many legal products including alcohol, nicotine, aspirin and fried foods. Even worse, those suffering form serious illnesses are denied the only medicine that effectively treats their disorders, making worse the rising health care costs in the United States. This “reefer madness” on the part of the government must stop. This is why Tom will not back down until this travesty in American history comes to an end.

It’s all about the Client with Tom Dean

Tom knows that “Customer service” is of the utmost importance. Going through criminal procedures can seem confusing at times. The stakes are high and the pace is fast. To help you understand what is going on at any point in the process, Tom is available to you for unlimited consultations, at no additional cost, either over the phone or in person, at your request. He insists that clients not hesitate to call upon him if they are in need of clarifications or guidance at any time. Tom’s cell phone number is provided to every client, making him accessible 24/7.

As any of his current or former clients will attest to, Tom will represent you zealously and provide you with excellent representation, defending you against the marijuana “crimes” you allegedly committed. He will never push you into a plea agreement or discourage you from asserting your constitutional rights to due process. If you choose not to “take a plea” Tom will be happily dedicated to providing you with the best possible defense at trial.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a True Believer, a compassionate, highly motivated and experienced attorney who is passionate about defending individuals facing marijuana related charges, then look no further. You have a True Believer in Tom Dean. Call or email today for a consultation about your situation. Your freedom is Tom’s concern and he will do everything he can to protect it.


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