So, it finally came, your brand new, shiny State issued ID that entitles you to purchase medical marijuana legally through a licensed dispensary. And you’ve gone through the process of purchasing your new medicine…. So now what? Do you have an unfettered license to chill whenever you see fit? Not exactly. Here are three things you must know about your new prescription…
- You may not smoke your prescription. Cannabis dispensaries offer a variety of products, including THC oils, topical creams and actual cannabis flowers or “buds,” however, these flowers may not be smoked legally. They may be consumed with the use of a vaporizer (medical delivery device), however, they must remain in the child proof container in which they came, which fits into the vaporizer like a coffee k-cup…. Additionally, you may only use a vaporizer that is issued by a licensed dispensary. Ordering a vaporizer from an unlicensed dealer on-line, and using it with your legal prescription could cause you problems with the law when you get caught.
- You may not consume your prescription anywhere. It is unlawful to consume your legal medical cannabis within eye distance of a public place, or in a vehicle, boat, train or aircraft. Even if you are safe from the possession laws, you may still be arrested for DUI if you are believed to be driving or in physical control of a motor vehicle while impaired by cannabis.
- You Must Carry Your Card! Not having the card with you can cause you serious problems. They can be remedied to some extent if you can present your card to the clerk of court prior to any court date on the issue. But along the same lines, you must also carry the actual prescription, or print out that comes with the medical marijuana. In other words, you need to be able to show that you have the documentation indicating that whatever medicine is in your hand was provided to you from a licensed dispensary. You are not allowed to go get your own product on the black market.
If you are a legal prescription holder that has been arrested for possession of your legal medicines, or for DUI as a result of those medicines, contact us at the Ferraro Law Group for a confidential consultation.