Even when marijuana has been decriminalized, this doesn't mean that you can consume it whenever you want. There are some situations where the consumption or possession of marijuana is illegal, such as in drug-free zones, and you may need help from an experienced drug possession lawyer.
What is a Drug-Free Zone?
A drug-free zone is usually an area where children are likely to be present. Colleges and universities are also often drug-free zones. If you were under the age of 18 when you were found to be in possession of drugs in a drug-free zone, you will be charged with an infraction and will be required to attend drug counseling.
If you are over the age of 18, you are more likely to receive a fine and be charged with a misdemeanor. If you are a repeat offender, you will receive a more severe punishment. If you get in trouble because you used drugs in an academic institution, you may also face the consequence of being kicked out of school. Each of these issues can be prevented if you work with a drug possession lawyer.
What About Medical Marijuana?
Even though medical marijuana may be legal in your state, it is illegal on the federal level. You will want to avoid using medical marijuana in a public location. You may also find yourself in legal trouble if you do not keep your medical ID with you at all times and may be arrested.
How to Fight a Drug Possession Charge?
Drug possession, especially in a drug-free zone, can be more difficult to prove because of the added variables the prosecutor will need to prove. The prosecutor must prove that you were in possession of marijuana knowingly and that you were aware you were in a drug-free zone. If you can prove that there was a reason why you didn't know you were in a drug-free zone, you may have your charges dropped.
If your rights were violated, you may be able to have some evidence suppressed. For instance, if your marijuana was found through an illegal search and seizure, you may be able to have the evidence suppressed and make it impossible for the charges to be dropped.
To have your charges dropped, however, you will need help from an experienced drug possession lawyer who understands the law regarding possession in your state and can assist you in having your charges dropped. Contact a drug possession lawyer for more information.