As of January 1, 2018, marijuana can now be used for recreational purposes in California, but that doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere in the state. Here are some things a Fallbrook drug defense attorney believes you should keep in mind before you light up your next bong hit or munch on an edible.
First, the drug is still illegal on a federal level and while the world will have to wait and see if Jeff Sessions takes steps to make it more difficult to use in states where it is legalized, there are already plenty of things you can’t do as a result. You cannot take marijuana across state lines -even to other states where it is legal because state borders are under the jurisdiction of the federal government. For the same reason, you cannot mail the drug or take it on an airplane even from one California location to another. Federal properties within the state should also be avoided when it comes to possessing or using marijuana.
Next, as we’ve already discussed, you cannot use marijuana while driving a car -even if you’re not high while behind the wheel. And, of course, being high while driving is still considered intoxicated and can leave you with a DUI, which is why you should always contact a San Marcos DUI lawyer before answering any questions about your use of the drug.
Where you can indulge is also no simple matter. Marijuana continues to be illegal to use while in public -the same way you cannot drink while walking down the sidewalk, you cannot smoke a joint while doing so. And while the law made marijuana use legal within the state, individual counties and cities are able to pass their own laws banning the drug. While it remains legal throughout most of San Diego, Escondido drug attorneys want to remind those attending Coachella this year to leave their buds at home as it is illegal in Indio.
Finally, those with past convictions for marijuana are also eligible for either dismissal or reduction of their charges. These people should contact a criminal defense lawyer to move forward with clearing their record.
Remember to play it smart when it comes to using any drug, even if it’s mostly legal. If you have any questions about where you can or cannot use marijuana in California, call your Rancho Bernardo drug lawyer. Peter M. Liss can answer any questions you may have about legal marijuana use. Just call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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