Is Marijuana Addiction a Crime?

Is Marijuana Addiction a Crime?

The laws surrounding drug abuse and addiction in theUnited Statescan be confusing, but if you suffer from marijuana addiction it is important to understand the legal consequences that can result from your addiction. Being caught with marijuana can result in major fines and jail time, but what exactly does that mean for a user suffering from marijuana addiction? Understanding the laws surrounding marijuana use and possession should serve as a wake up call and will provide a reason for you to stop abusing marijuana.

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical marijuana is becoming prevalent in more and more states, but that does not mean it is legal to abuse marijuana. In 17 states medical marijuana is currently legal, but you must have a valid prescription in order to be able to possess marijuana. Without a valid prescription the penalty for marijuana possession is still severe. The amounts of marijuana you are allowed to possess with a prescription varies from state to state, and some states do not recognize prescription cards from other states, so you can not bring marijuana into those states even with a prescription from your home state. If you do not know the laws for marijuana possession, you may find yourself in legal trouble because of marijuana addiction.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Some states may not impose a large penalty for possessing a small amount of marijuana, while other states are strict no matter what amount you possess. The punishment for marijuana possession depends on several factors. If you were arrested by state law enforcement you are subject to their possession laws, and if you were arrested by federal law enforcement you are subject to up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. If you possess more than a certain amount, which may vary by state, but is usually around one kilogram, it is a felony offense and you will receive a much more significant penalty.

Avoid Marijuana Arrest

Marijuana addiction puts you at risk for arrest because of your increased risk of possessing marijuana, but it can be avoided by receiving treatment for your addiction. Call our toll-free helpline today and we will be glad to speak with you about your addiction and help in any way we can. We will provide information on marijuana addiction treatment options and direct you to an effective treatment center of your choice. We are here for you 24 hours a day, so pick up the phone and give us a call now.