The legalization of weed has been a tricky subject for as long as anyone can remember. The advocates are gradually starting to win, with more than 31 states legalizing and decriminalizing the substance. However, the battle is far from won because marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. This makes its use complicated, even in states where it’s legal.
Here are seven things to know if marijuana has been legalized in your state.
You can’t transport it across state lines.
Marijuana is still illegal federally and is classified in the same category as heroin. As a result, you can’t take it across state lines, even if you’re traveling between two legalized states.
This rule applies to traveling by car, airplane, boat, or anything else. You may be liable to face punishment under federal law if caught.
Thankfully, you don’t need to take it out of your state. The solution is as simple as buying some more once you get to your destination. The only downside is that they may not have the variant you’re looking for.
You could get fired for smoking marijuana.
The law for marijuana use in the workplace is unusual. Imagine that you work in California, where the substance is fully legalized. If your employer administers a drug test and you fail, they can still fire you. While they aren’t required to, they certainly have legal grounds.
You have the conflict between state and federal laws to thank for this caveat. Many individuals have sought to fight back by suing employers for denying them employment. Unfortunately, the complex state-federal law relationship kicks in, and it turns out to be a long legal battle.