Perhaps you were excited to find out that California legalized marijuana, so that you could no longer be arrested for possession of marijuana. However, many people felt the same way only to find out that they could still be committing a crime. How? If you possess, buy, or sell marijuana, you could be arrested on a federal level, because the state is the only part practicing legalization. Federal laws refuse to budge and still treat marijuana as a controlled substance, just like they would cocaine and heroin. There is a conflict on a much larger level because, essentially, you could be charged with a federal crime for activities that are permitted by the state of California.
The History of Federal Marijuana Laws
Federal marijuana laws have stated that the sale or distribution of marijuana is illegal since the 30s. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) classifies and regulates all illegal drugs under federal law and lists them based on their potential for abuse. Under these federal laws, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, which means the federal government believes it has a high potential of abuse and can’t be safely prescribed.
A Further Look at Recreational Marijuana Laws
There are still rules and regulations regarding recreational marijuana that could have a direct impact on you. For instance, you are still not permitted to smoke, vape, or ingest cannabis in a public place, just as with alcohol. This also includes doing so anywhere close to a school, daycare, or facility where children are known to be present.
Employers are also allowed to set rules regarding cannabis and can forbid employees from smoking even when they are off hours. Landlords are also allowed to prohibit marijuana on their property. As you can see, though marijuana is permitted in California with new laws, there are still prohibitions in other areas.
Because federal law is still cracking down on sentencing, it is important to know your rights. If you have been caught possessing marijuana in California, we can help you in your time of need. Give us a call today for more information on how we can help.