Believe it or not, marijuana was once a mandatory crop in America. It's true! According to a PBS Frontline report, the colony of Virginia demanded that every local farmer grow a form of cannabis called hemp. The sturdy plant was used to make canvas, rope and other useful materials. At the time, hemp was very popular in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and could be exchanged for goods and services just like cash.
Things certainly have changed.
Today, there are only two states where hemp and marijuana are legal for adult recreational use. If you think the wonderfully progressive state of California is one of them, you're wrong. While it's accurate to say that the laws regarding in the Golden State are more relaxed than they are in most other states, the fact of the matter is you can still find yourself in BIG trouble if you're ever caught and charged with marijuana transportation.
The cannabis laws in Riverside County are the same as in the rest of the state. Small quantities of the herb that some call sacred is no longer a felony offense, but transporting more than an ounce might get a person charged with intent to distribute.
If you use marijuana for medical reasons, please be sure to get your official user card. To smoke otherwise is to put yourself at legal risk. Of course, simply being in possession of a medical marijuana user card is not the same as having a get-out-of-jail-free card. If you're caught with weed and the judge is in a foul mood, you could be facing serious time behind bars.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime of any sort, contact us without hesitation. At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis and Associates in Murrieta, we are well experienced in defending good people who are up against ridiculous drug laws. Until those laws are changed we will continue to look out for the best interests of persons charged with marijuana possession, marijuana transportation and possession with intent to distribute.