If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized, you may be wondering what that actually means for you. The burning question you may have is what happens to you if you get caught smoking weed? However, that isn’t the most important question. The most important question is whether using marijuana is dangerous. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If you or someone you love struggles with marijuana addiction and needs an adolescent marijuana abuse treatment program, reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
Can I Get Arrested for Using Marijuana?
The first thing to ponder is your age. Most states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use have an age restriction of 21 or older and you must be 18 years old to legally use medicinal cannabis. Getting caught outside of those perimeters could get you in trouble with the law.
Another aspect to consider when it comes to smoking weed or even eating edibles is where you consume them. The law states that you should be behind closed doors when you use marijuana in any capacity. Plus, depending on the state, you are only allowed to be in possession of a certain amount of marijuana. Going beyond those limits could get someone in hot water with the police.
Probably the most important concern is what you do under the influence. Being in public under the influence of marijuana could indeed bear some consequences for you. Disrupting others, vandalizing property, and driving a vehicle while you are high are all valid reasons for law enforcement to be called upon.
You will be arrested if you get caught driving if you are suspected to be high. Since you are a teen, you also need to know that smoking pot under the age of 25 will give you higher odds of becoming addicted to marijuana which is a real condition. Your brain is still growing and forming making your brain more susceptible to becoming dependent on marijuana while hindering the full capabilities of your brain functionality.
The Dangers of Using Marijuana
Although most people are under the impression that marijuana is a mellow drug, there are some who cannot handle the effects. These individuals often take higher risks which can put innocent bystanders in danger. They lose their inhibitions once they are under the influence of a mind-altering substance, such as marijuana.
Brain damage can ensue depending on the frequency, longevity, and potency of your use. These effects may not be reversible. The bottom line is that there are more freedoms surrounding marijuana, but it is not as black and white as it may seem. There are laws to protect people, including teenagers like yourself, from causing more harm than you need to.
Before you try weed whether it is peer pressure or curiosity, weigh out the pros and cons that are going to make you the most successful in life. Marijuana is notorious for keeping teens from reaching their full potential. Furthermore, you have a better chance of making a good decision regarding marijuana now that you know what could happen to you. Choose wisely to make the best of the bright future you have ahead of you.
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center
If you or your teenager has developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can help. Our team understands the commitment your teen requires to recover. We also offer a range of treatment options to ensure their ability to recover. Our services include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Music therapy