Weed: 4 Laws You Should Know
Are you new to the world of cannabis? Maybe you are exploring medical marijuana for pain management or therapeutic purposes. Perhaps you have just received your medical certification for ganja, but you are unsure about how to proceed? Have you recently been arrested on drug charges for pot possession and need a good drug lawyer who can plead your case? If so, here are some tips on how to navigate the ‘weed world,’ laws or guidelines you should know about, and information on finding a Bronx attorney who specializes in drug-related offenses.
- State Versus Federal–Currently, 29 U.S. states, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, with more states on tap to legalize it in some capacity in the near future. Meanwhile, six states have approved the drug for both recreational and medical use. Moreover, while there is significant and increasing momentum for nationwide legalization of Mary Jane, it is important to note that pot has not been sanctioned on a federal level.
- Knowledge Is Key–Since nationwide legalization still alludes us, it is important to educate yourself about the marijuana laws in your state and make sure that you comply with the guidelines. Furthermore, it should go without saying that you cannot transport the drug across state lines or travel abroad with it.
- Documentation Must Be in Order–Each state has its own set of laws and guidelines. The same premise is true of all the states that have legalized marijuana, thus far. This means that each state has imposed certain criteria on their cannabis program. Therefore, you, as the patient or consumer, must assume the responsibility of researching the ganja guidelines for your state and ensuring that all the required documentation is in order.
- Understanding the Process–It is also part of your responsibility to learn and understand the process inherent in being a marijuana user. In New York State (NYS), you must obtain a medical certification from an approved provider and a physical cannabis card, which is issued via the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH). These items must be presented each time you go to the dispensary, and they must be on your person when traveling with the drug. Furthermore, you must recertify and re-register with the pot program every year to maintain your eligibility.
If you are naive when it comes to the weed world, do not fear. There is help available to guide you through these complicated matters. For more information, contact the Law Office of Julius C DiFiore to assist you with drug-related offenses and help you find resources to navigate this innovative course of treatment.