July 25, 2014 “I smoke to get high, because the world is so low.” Kid Cudi If you are of the Kid Cudi ilk, you are familiar with Washington’s well-publicized approval of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana. However, it would behoove you to know the limitations of these new marijuana laws. You could still be arrested for a number of marijuana possessions or marijuana growth related charges. In fact, if you’ve been charged with (and surprised by) criminal possession of marijuana charges. Go ahead and reach out to one of our criminal defense attorneys proficient with the updated marijuana or cannabis law. What Are The Marijuana Possession Laws? While both Washington and Colorado legalized possession of marijuana for personal use by adults, there are some points of differentiation you should know about. Personal marijuana use for adults is now legal. “Adult” now defined the same for marijuana as alcohol – as in, you must be 21 or older. Although “production for personal, recreational use” is legal in Colorado, Washington’s possession law is a bit different here. In our state, you’ll have to have a physician’s medical recommendation to grow and use your own marijuana. Possession of one ounce of marijuana previously was a misdemeanor charge, now adults (21+) can possess as much as 1 ounce at any given time legally. Complications You Should Know Since the vote to legalize marijuana for personal use, there have been a number of complicated challenges. Although marijuana possession arrests are mostly a local law enforcement issue across the United States (rather than Federal), the state of Washington is having conflicts with the Federal government. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug prohibited substance and a Schedule I drug under Federal law. Need An Advocate? If you have been charged with possession with intent to sell or intent to distribute, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, large fines and a permanent criminal record. In these difficult times, you need to ensure that your rights are fully protected. Your reputation and your future may depend on it. Don’t hesitate to contact The Nahajski Firm any time to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled and proficient drug possession defense attorneys, or feel free to call today.