When cannabis (marijuana) is enjoyed responsibly, subjecting users to harsh criminal and civil penalties provides no public benefit and causes terrible injustices. For reasons of public safety, public health, economics and justice, the prohibition laws should be repealed to the extent that they criminalize responsible cannabis use.
The 5 Best Rules to Remember to avoid Legal Trouble
Don’t smoke in a car. The smell of cannabis emanating from a car is the single most common way people get busted. In fact, it is safest to keep it in the trunk, out of sight in a odor-proof container, such as a glass jar or an oven roasting bag. Don’t use car ashtrays to hold your roaches or pipes.
Don’t sell cannabis; every customer is a potential narc or snitch, and the penalties for sales are very serious.
Don’t grow it unless you are in a state that allows it for medical purposes. Stay within legal limits and keep the plant count as low as possible.
Don’t smuggle. Getting caught crossing international borders creates more serious problems than it’s worth. It you have to drive or travel with your medical cannabis make certain it is legal in the State where you are travelling to. Always use an air tight, smell proof container to eliminate odor.
Don’t share with minors; cannabis is for adults. See above.
Corollary # 1: Don’t break more than one law at a time. For example, if you are driving with cannabis in your car, make sure your lights are working on your vehicle and your registration is up to date. You have a legal right to possess a firearm, but not if “illegal drugs” are on your property; that can add years to a prison sentence.
Drug Testing Tips
It is important for cannabis consumers to be able to work and support themselves and their families, just like everyone else. Drug testing is morally offensive, job-based discrimination, since it judges a person by the content of their urine and not on work performance. Pre-employment drug testing prevents many, hard-working cannabis consumers from joining the workforce. While it is best to refuse or avoid a drug test whenever possible as a matter of principle, for some people, there seems to be little option.
If you are facing a pre-employment urine test, abstain from using cannabis for as long as possible (1-5 days for occasional users, 1-3 weeks for regular users, 4-6 weeks for heavy users). Flush your system by drinking lots of water or liquids and urinating as often as possible during that time period. You can use a home drug testing kit to check if the metabolites have exited your body..