Even though people in Utah and other states, as well as around the world have been consuming it, it is still illegal in many areas. Depending on the quantity of marijuana, an individual can be charged with a felony for possession alone.
Presently, in the United States and throughout the world, the legalization of marijuana movement is gaining many supporters, and this may be directly related to successful efforts in Colorado and Washington State regarding the legalization of marijuana.
Leaders in other countries are trying to approach the situation with marijuana focusing on public health instead of outlawing it. In addition, other countries are looking at the U.S. and trying to figure out how they can legalize marijuana.
Experts said that the U.S. position has changed recently with the happenings in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it wouldn’t go after and prosecute medical marijuana patients. This past August, the agency said it wouldn’t get involved with the laws in Washington and Colorado. The laws regulate the sale and growth of taxed marijuana for recreational use.
Possession of marijuana is a common drug offense, and the level of the offense varies depending on how much of the drug a person has in their possession. It is important to know that a conviction for a drug offense may bring about other problems.
A drug conviction may result in a driver’s license suspension and other problems.
In states where marijuana possession or use is not yet legal, a marijuana drug charge will require a thorough analysis of the situation by an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney.
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