3 Facts About Legal Marijuana Every Resident Of A Recreationally Legal State Needs To Know

Posted on: 12 May 2016

Four states, including Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. However, this change does not bring with it total freedom from drug charges and stipulations where marijuana is involved. If you live in one of these four states, it is best to get to know the fine print so you don't end up in a sticky situation doing something you thought would now be perfectly legal. Here are three facts about legal marijuana you should know if the state where you live has legalized Cannabis for recreational use. 

Using marijuana could still cost you your job. - It may be legal to use marijuana for whatever reason where you live, but that does not mean your employer has jumped on the bandwagon and believes that it's okay. In some cases, you could still be fired if you are given a drug test and marijuana shows up in your system. This is because federal and state laws may not currently be in line where you live, which means your employer could potentially terminate your employment if you are a user because they may still have that option. 

You cannot smoke weed in public. - Smoking marijuana in a public place could still end with a fine or even an arrest if you live in a recreationally legal state. In public, marijuana is treated much like drinking alcohol; the only places where this is allowed is either in the privacy of your home or a designated lounge. Therefore, if you plan to buy and use marijuana, it is best to just go home where you are concealed and private. 

You are not allowed to have all the marijuana you want in your possession. - There are limitations on how much weed an individual is allowed to have on them at any given time in recreationally legal states. For example, in the state of Washington, you are only allowed to possess up to one-ounce of marijuana at one time. In edible form, 16-ounces of cannabis-infused product is allowed and 72-ounces if it is in beverage form. It is also worth noting that federal properties may have laws against having marijuana on you at all. So, for example, if you buy weed just before a visit to a federally-owned state park, you could be charged with possession on a federal property if you are caught with it on you. 

For more information, contact a local firm like Kassel & Kassel A Group of Independent Law Offices.