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Can police arrest you for using medical marijuana?

More states, now including Texas, are beginning to allow the creation and selling of low-dose marijuana medication. At the start of February, a little girl received the very first dose of medical marijuana in Texas. Although this news is a leap of progress for the many patients who are ill and in pain, law enforcement officials will still be on the lookout for possible abuses of the drug.

In truth, even if you tell police that your marijuana is solely for medical purposes, you could still face drug charges depending on the situation. In order to be legal, medical marijuana must fulfill a few requirements according to the Compassionate Use Act.

First, you must have a prescription from two in-state licensed medical professionals. Police will probably double-check your prescription to make sure that it is not a forgery. In Texas, cannabis prescriptions contain unique codes and information that police can use to detect legitimacy.

With a prescription, however, police can still charge you if they believe you were not using the drug as intended. Re-selling, gifting, or modifying the drug could all be reasons for arrest. Currently, Texas only allows very low doses of THC within medical marijuana in order to discourage criminal substance abuse.

Under Texas law, it is still illegal to smoke marijuana or self-medicate, even with low doses of THC. While other states may have more lenient laws regarding marijuana, Texas only issues the drug to intractable epilepsy patients.

By following these laws, patients can avoid conflicts with law enforcement. Anyone who faces drug charges – with or without a prescription – should contact a criminal defense attorney to protect their rights in court.

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