Can I Get Arrested if I Smoke Weed?
If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized, you may be wondering what that actually means for you as a teen. The burning question you may have is what happens to you if you get caught smoking weed?
The first thing to ponder is your age. Most states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use has 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 bare 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. Although most people are under the impression that marijuana is a mellow drug, there are some who cannot handle the effects and take higher risks which can put innocent bystanders in danger because they lose their inhibitions once they are under the influence of a mind-altering substance. 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. Brain damage can ensue depending on the frequency, longevity, and potency which may not be reversed according to the research the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has reviewed.
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 the 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 and you have a better chance at 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.
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