There are dozens of reasons to take a road trip or hop on a flight to Washington, D.C. Perhaps you want to take part in a march or rally. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see the cherry trees blossom in early spring. There’s also the appeal of world-class restaurants and dozens of museums for those who prefer educational or cultural activities.
The nation’s capital has yet another attraction for visitors. They have legalized the adult recreational use of marijuana. Visitors in D.C. who are not on federal property are able to possess and consume marijuana without legal consequences. If you have a trip planned to D.C., make sure you finish or give away any marijuana you purchase before you head back to North Carolina.
No matter where you buy it, marijuana is illegal in North Carolina
If you get caught with marijuana once you come back home, you could face possession charges. Even if you only bought it for personal use or if you have a medical reason for wanting the marijuana, the state could still prosecute you.
If you get caught on the way home, you could face federal charges
If the risk of possession back home isn’t scary enough, the idea of federal charges definitely is. Federal law does not recognize the legalization of marijuana. It also criminalizes transporting marijuana across state lines.
The interstate act of transporting marijuana, even just a little bit for yourself, could constitute drug trafficking. In other words, trying to bring home marijuana as a souvenir might mean facing federal criminal charges instead. It’s essential to take these charges seriously. An experienced attorney can help you protect your rights.