On the west coast, a couple of states have legalized marijuana for not only medicinal purposes, but also recreational use. The rules are confusing, and some residents are wondering when and where they may lawfully possess the substance. In some places, along with legalization came changes in the laws regarding the penalties associated with possession. Many jurisdictions have seen a loosening of the punishments imposed for possession, and the inconsistencies are making it hard to know what you can and cannot do with marijuana, and the consequences of possession.

Some things you need to know about the issue involve employment, and how the federal government views the issue. Two ways legalized marijuana isn’t really legal, as reported by the New York Times are:

  • Use of the substance can prevent you from obtaining gainful employment with certain federal agencies, like the FBI or CIA.
  • Both of these agencies require candidates for employment to be drug fee for a period of years prior to accepting a position. This requirement can make it hard for persons moving from one state where use is legal, to another state where it is not legal, to get a job with one of these agencies.

One way to determine whether use will be a factor when looking to be hired by the federal government is to look at the posting. If the job posting indicates there is no drug testing for the position, you can rest easy knowing you will not be screened for the substance. In other instances though, a more thoughtful approach is needed. We understand the confusion that is created by the legalization of marijuana, and can help you to take steps to stay within the letter of the law. If you have questions about this ever changing area of criminal defense law, call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys today. And, if you have been charged in Florida with a drug crime, call us for representation. While recreational use remains against the law in Florida, you may have an argument for medical necessity under certain circumstances.


For more information about drug charges, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.