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What You Need To Know About Marijuana (Cannabis) Use In Maryland

As of July 1, 2023, adults over age 21 in Maryland may legally possess:

  • Up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower
  • Up to 12 grams of concentrated cannabis
  • Two cannabis plants or any cannabis product containing up to 750 milligrams of THC

Keep in mind what Maryland’s new law does not resolve:

  • Possession with intent to distribute cannabis is still a criminal act and may be either a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Driving while impaired by marijuana is still illegal and can result in DUI-drugs charges.
  • People under 21 cannot possess any amount of marijuana.
  • You cannot smoke marijuana in public places.
  • Licensed dispensaries are the only legal places to buy marijuana.

At The Law Offices of Richard B. Rosenblatt, PC, in Rockville, we provide dedicated, effective defense of people charged with misdemeanor drug crimes in Maryland. We know that any drug arrest is a big deal for you and your family. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers will fight for your rights and help you minimize the consequences.

For a free consultation with our attorneys, call toll-free 866-930-0413 or 301-637-0402.

Limiting The Consequences Of Misdemeanor Marijuana Crimes

Paying a citation with no possibility for jail time is far different from a criminal conviction. If you have been arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), misdemeanor possession with intent to distribute or DUI-marijuana, you have legal options.

Before agreeing to plead guilty, it is important to talk to an attorney first. You may not realize how serious the consequences may be. A drug conviction, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, creates a black mark on your criminal record. This can be used against you in several important ways:

  • A misdemeanor marijuana conviction could get you deported — even if you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Any drug conviction could threaten your professional license
  • A misdemeanor conviction could result in school discipline
  • A drug conviction could make you ineligible for certain jobs and benefit programs
  • Drug convictions appear on employers’ and landlords’ background checks
  • You could lose your job for smoking marijuana, even for medical purposes
  • A landlord can evict you if you use a controlled substance in your unit
  • DUI-marijuana carries most of the same penalties as DUI-alcohol

Fighting Controlled Dangerous Substance Charges

Criminal marijuana and other drug possession charges are not the same thing as a conviction. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys will fight hard for the best outcome available in your situation.

We will thoroughly investigate the charges against you, obtaining copies of the police record, witness statements and other evidence. Did the police have the right to arrest you? Did they perform the search legally? Did they have a good reason, or probable cause, to pull you over in the first place? We ask these important questions to ensure they did not violate your constitutional rights.

Depending on your case, we may seek a dismissal or reduction of the charges. In other situations, we may negotiate a plea bargain. In appropriate circumstances, we may be able to get you into a court-ordered substance abuse program instead of jail. If your best option is to fight the charges in court, we are experienced trial attorneys who are ready, willing and able to bring your case before a judge and jury.

Get The Answers You Need During A Free Initial Consultation

For aggressive representation by an attorney who will take your minor marijuana case seriously, contact The Law Offices of Richard B. Rosenblatt, PC, in Rockville today. Call 301-637-0402 or 866-930-0413 or email us to schedule your no-cost confidential case review.

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