Ronald Richards began his career in litigation by breaking Beverly Hills High School’s record for debate wins. He then went on to UCLA to join the debate team in CIDA. At UCLA, he won the national championship two years in a row. He also won numerous individual event titles and honors. In law school he was elected to Student Faculty Representative where he was an advocate for students facing discipline. He won the American Jurisprudence Award in Bankruptcy. As a lawyer, he is the only published attorney in the country on Proposition 215, the medical marijuana statute. His article is cited by West Publishing and is found in the annotations to 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code. He has been qualified as an expert witness on marijuana in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg on Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2017) stayed the prosecution of Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted and federal prosecutors want to resume their case. The defendants' Beverly Hills attorney, Ronald Richards, says: "This is the first time in my 23-year career I've had a case stopped because of an appropriations rider. Richards sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.
"What the court did in this case may be used as a blueprint for other cases," he says. "It opens the door for people not to get scared."