With the increasingly accepting public attitude toward consumption of marijuana in the United States, laws have begun to change in many states and municipalities regarding possession of marijuana and subsequent convictions. However, many individuals may still have minor convictions on their records due to company drug tests or similar actions. Even if you have a conviction, all is not lost.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Abstinence is the best course of action, especially if you know your employer tests periodically. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) recommends avoiding signing any document that gives your employer the right to arbitrarily test you. Urine tests aren’t always accurate and levels can fluctuate throughout the day, however, fighting a conviction in these circumstances is difficult. If you are convicted of possession, some of the more common defenses include unlawful search and seizure and entrapment. In some cases, you may even be able to use a medical marijuana exception.
Claiming a false positive is one of the most widely used legal defenses when combating employer drug tests. Many kits used are inexpensive and have a high rate of failure. An experienced attorney can use this to your advantage. Likewise, an attorney can help you find a legal loophole related to an arrest for possession and may be able to help you get a reduced charge. You may even be eligible for expungement if and when your jurisdiction decides to legalize. The key to expungement is a conviction that only involves low levels of marijuana in your body or a small amount of marijuana on your person when apprehended.
Increasing Recreational Approval
As of 2019, thirty-three states, along with the District of Columbia have approved the use of medical marijuana. Once medical marijuana was approved, the move has appeared to open the door for the legalization of recreational marijuana. The number is smaller for recreational usage, but ten states and Washington DC now have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana. The trend toward decriminalization is increasing, thus allowing those who were convicted to take back their lives and their livelihoods following prosecution.
Although recreational marijuana continues to gain acceptance, some murky legal areas still exist. While these murky legal areas continue to exist, it’s important to be educated on how you can continue to live your life the way you want while still living in a world that doesn’t completely accept your lifestyle. Detox drinks and knowing your legal options after a marijuana arrest will help you get your life back when small legal speed bumps hold you back.