Is marijuana legal in my state?
No. Repeat, no. Although U.S. states may make marijuana legal at the state level, marijuana is illegal in every U.S. jurisdiction. The federal Controlled Substances Act makes possession of marijuana in significant quantities a felony, with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment. Compliance with your state’s laws makes it much less likely that you will be federally prosecuted, but there is always a risk.
What is this blog’s connection to Texas A&M Law School?
This blog is written by students in the Law School’s Cannabis Law, Policy & Business class, but it is an independent blog that is not formally affiliated with the Law School or with Texas A&M University. No university funds are provided for this blog. All of the views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the individual authors, not of the Law School, its agents and employees, or Texas A&M University. We do provide handy links on the site for prospective students who are interested in attending the Law School.
Can I rely on this blog for legal advice?
No. Most of the writers are law students, not lawyers. It would not be smart to get any legal advice from a blog that doesn’t charge you anything, and it would be even dumber to do so when the writers aren’t lawyers in the first place. Cannabis laws vary enormously from state to state, so if you have a legal question is is important to see a lawyer knowledgeable about cannabis in the jurisdiction where you are.
I have a legal problem. Can you recommend a lawyer?
Unfortunately we can’t. Given how different the law is in different states, the best place for you to start looking is with your country bar association, which will often have a “Find a Lawyer” service. Another good referral source is the National Cannabis Bar Association. Their web site can connect you with lawyers in your state.