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For smokers, stoners, tokers, vapers, and now edible nibblers, tomorrow is a national holiday on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve all rolled into one giant doobie, lit, puffed, and passed to the left. Every year, 4/20 celebrations around the country get bigger and bigger, as marijuana becomes more and more legal.
Does that mean you have the right to blaze wherever you want on 4/20? Not quite. The feds still outlaw weed (though maybe not for long) and even in states where recreational pot is legal, being high in public may not be (though we don't expect that to stop all of you). What else do you need to know about marijuana possession and use on 4/20? Here's a quick rundown:
Yes, states are legalizing it. But that doesn't mean marijuana is unregulated. Know your local laws and follow them.
While medical marijuana can be a step in the right direction, it can also be a regulatory nightmare with states, doctors, dispensaries, and patients caught in legal limbo.
Even if you're in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, or any other state that has legalized recreational marijuana, there are still restrictions on how much you can carry and where. And if you're not allowed to carry at all, there may still be defenses you can claim.
On your way to or from a 4/20 celebration? Make sure you know what to do if you're stopped by the cops.
Yes, driving while high is a crime. And yes, they're developing breathalyzers, blood tests, and saliva swaps to detect just how high you are while you were driving.
If you do get pulled over and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, you do have legal rights and ways to challenge the charge.
If you got convicted of a pot-related crime that is no longer a crime in your state, you may be able to apply for relief or a pardon.
Getting excited about a weed holiday is great. Getting in legal trouble because of your celebration is not. So before you light one up this 4/20, make sure you check out FindLaw's Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization Overview, and if you get in trouble tomorrow, you should probably talk to an experienced drug crime attorney in your area.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.