By: Andrew Martinez
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Legal Marijuana Can Still Cause You Trouble
It is easier than ever to find legal marijuana in the United States. With states such as Illinois, Colorado, California, and Washington legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, adults can have a good time with the substance of their choice without worrying about the possibility of criminal charges.
Or can they?
Unfortunately, legally purchased marijuana can still result in legal trouble and expose you to the harsh penalties that come with a criminal conviction. This is for several reasons, including the fact that marijuana is still a banned substance at the federal level and it is still illegal in the state of Wisconsin.
For example, you could visit Illinois to purchase and use marijuana legally. However, you can still be cited for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois if marijuana use impairs your ability to drive safely or you have too much THC in your system.
If your drive brings you back into Wisconsin, that “legal” marijuana can result in a drug possession charge that exposes you to jail time, fines, probation, and the collateral damage that comes with having a criminal record.
Don’t get the wrong idea; we’re not trying to be a killjoy or deprive you of your rights as an adult. We think you are better off keeping your legal marijuana where you buy it. For example, if you spend a weekend in Illinois and purchase some marijuana, use it before heading north to Wisconsin. In general, it is not a good idea to cross any state lines while possessing marijuana due to the differences in state drug laws and the potential for criminal charges.
If you do find yourself facing drug charges, exercise your right to remain silent until you have a chance to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney.