Medical marijuana has many benefits for those who are prescribed this treatment option, but it’s critical to understand that having a medical marijuana card does not absolve you of criminal activity related to this substance. Unfortunately, many who seek this treatment option are unaware of the legal risks associated with obtaining this drug. As such, they are vulnerable to serious criminal charges. The following blog explores what you should know about medical marijuana risks and why you must connect with an OKC criminal defense lawyer to explore your legal options and fight for the best possible outcome.

If Medical Marijuana is Legal, What Risks Are There?

You should note that if you obtain a medical marijuana card it is illegal to own a firearm, even with a license. This is because federal law prevents those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol from possessing a weapon. As such, if you are issued a medical marijuana card, and do not surrender your firearm, you are violating federal law. You can face time in federal prison for this offense.

Additionally, if you are found with marijuana in your possession without a valid card, you can face a possession charge. Though the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative states that those who can prove their medical need for this substance will only face a $400 fine, this directly contradicts Oklahoma State Law. Unfortunately, there is no clarification about which course of action is correct. As such, it’s up to the discretion of the officer to determine whether or not to charge someone with possession of a controlled substance or to issue a $400 fine.

If you work for a medical marijuana business as a transporter, you must complete the Transporter License Application. If you are not a licensed transporter and are found with twenty-five or more pounds of marijuana in your possession, even for medicinal purposes, you will face a drug trafficking charge. This warrants a felony charge and the potential for four years to life in prison.

You should note that it’s illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, even with a legal medicinal card. This is not just limited to marijuana, but rather all prescription drugs. Having a valid prescription does not mean you are immune to the side effects and impacts of these substances. As such, if you are discovered driving under the influence of medical marijuana, you can face a DUI-D.

If I’m Facing Charges Related to Medical Marijuana, What Should I Do?

As you can see, there are many things you must take into consideration upon receiving a medical marijuana card. Failure to adhere to the laws can lead to serious criminal consequences. Unfortunately, many facing charges are unaware of their rights, leading to unfavorable outcomes.

If charged for your legal, medicinal ownership of marijuana, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney. At the Jones Firm, PLLC, we understand how difficult these matters are. That’s why our dedicated team will do everything possible to fight for the best outcome for you. Connect with us today to learn more.