For the time being, marijuana possession and consumption is only legal in Minnesota for those who qualify for a medical marijuana exception. 2018's legislative season may see expansions of these exceptions, or could possibly see some form of decriminalization or broad legalization, but current law still gives police plenty of authority to issue criminal charges for drug possession.
For anyone facing marijuana possession charges, it is important to contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Although marijuana is still illegal to possess and consume without a medical exception, you may have options to avoid a criminal conviction and the effect it could have on your future.
Recent expansions to medical marijuana
The most recent expansions to the state's medical marijuana laws include those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While this expansion is not particularly useful to those who already face drug possession charges, it is well worth exploring for PTSD sufferers.
However, if you received your medical marijuana approval before your arrest and simply failed to produce the proper documentation, you may have an opportunity to dismiss the charges by showing the court this documentation.
Is legalization on the way?
Many residents throughout Minnesota want to know if the state plans to legalize recreational marijuana soon, as the number of states with some form of recreational legalization continues to grow. It seems like every week or so, another state touts the advantages of legalization or announces plans for legalization, and Minnesota could become one of them in 2018 or soon after.
Currently, recreational marijuana is still a conceptual possibility, and as more states with legal recreational marijuana demonstrate the benefits, the pressure grows for other states to follow suit, if for no other reason than to help out strained state budgets.
Until a legalization bill passes, those charged with possession must address these charges or risk a damaging criminal record that could affect your future employment and other areas of your life.