If you have a medical condition, or take care of someone with a medical condition, for which medical marijuana has been prescribed, you could still face possession of marijuana if you break certain rules and laws. Knowing what your state's laws could possibly keep you from having to hire a criminal defense attorney.

How Much Is Too Much?

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia has now passed laws to make medical marijuana legal. Unfortunately, because this has been done on a state by state basis, the laws vary greatly in content.

For example: In Minnesota, you are allowed to possess of 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana, but you are not allowed to possess smokable. In Montana, you are only allowed to have 1 oz. of usable, but you may own four mature plants and/or 12 seedlings. If you live in New Mexico, you are allowed to have 6 oz. of usable, and up to 16 plants as long as only 4 are mature. 

Exceeding these amounts or other parts of the laws could result in you facing criminal charges even though you have a medical exemption card.

Where Can You Get It From?

Just because you hold a medical marijuana card, does not give you the right to purchase your drugs from anywhere and everywhere or anyone and everyone. Medical marijuana must be grown under specific conditions and must be purchased for a dispensary, or personally grown. If you are caught purchasing it from somewhere else, you run the risk of being charged. 

Where Can You Have It?

Even if you have been given a prescription to have and use medical marijuana in your home state, make sure that you do not take it across state lines. This even applies if your neighboring state has made the drug legal as well. This is because federal laws still state that the drug is illegal and they control the laws pertaining to interstate commerce, or any time things cross state boarders. 

If you are arrested and charged with a drug related charge behind your medical marijuana, make sure you hire a criminal defense attorney to help you with your case. Even though you may have the right to possess it, and hold all of the legal authorizations to do so, law enforcement may see it another way. Your attorney will know how to defend your case and hopefully get a positive outcome.