Common Sense Rules for Medical Marijuana Use

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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Most medical marijuana arrests begin with something in no related to marijuana—a broken taillight that leads to a traffic stop, that leads to an officer seeing a baggie in the seat next to you. Avoid unnecessary conflicts with the police, neighbors and the public by following a few common-sense rules.


  • Know the laws in your area. Where you can legally buy, where you should not smoke, and how much you can legally possess are all important things to know.
  • Drive legal. Since THC stays in the bloodstream for up to 72 hours after use, you could be arrested for DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) even if it’s been days since you last smoked. Keep your car up to code and your plates, registration and driver’s license current, don’t attract unnecessary attention, and drive carefully.
  • Don’t keep anything related to marijuana out in the open. Any sight or smell of marijuana can give police probable cause to search you, your vehicle, or your home.
  • If it’s illegal to smoke cigarettes, it’s illegal to smoke marijuana. Non-smoking laws are the same no matter what you are smoking. This includes within 1,000 feet of schools of parks, in a moving vehicle, on a boat, or on a school bus.
  • Do not consent to search. If an officer does not have a warrant or reasonable suspicion to search you, your home or your car, they can simply ask you to consent to search. Saying no does not make you guilty of anything. Simply tell the officer that you value your constitutional rights and do not consent to a search.


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