Before you arrange to get marijuana in the mail...

Even just ten or fifteen years ago, it was difficult to imagine widespread legalization of marijuana. Today, several states have legalized the drug for recreational use, and many more either decriminalize small amounts of it or allow medical uses.

However, we are still a long way from marijuana enjoying the same generalized status as alcohol or tobacco, which each also bear different restrictions depending on the state where one lives. At the federal level, marijuana remains (perhaps unfairly) categorized as a schedule 1 drug, which means that the federal government maintains that the drug is still very much illegal.

As states keep passing laws that weaken or remove the penalties for marijuana use, the Justice Department is currently opposed to the widespread legalization of the drug. In fact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is outspoken that those who commit marijuana-related crimes should receive maximum penalties.

If you face drug charges of any kind, you must fight them with everything that you have. Drug charges can ruin lives as quickly as drug abuse. Not only do drug charges tend to carry the harshest sentencing handed down for nonviolent crimes, those who pay their debt to society face difficulty renting property or securing jobs. An experienced attorney can help you evaluate the charges and build a strong defense against them.

Sending or receiving marijuana through the mail

This brings us to the central matter -- is it ok for you to order marijuana products for delivery through the mail here in Pennsylvania from someplace where the drug is legal, such as California or Colorado?

No. It is exceptionally dangerous, even more than buying some off of that guy you know who has stuff. When you involve the United States Postal Service in the transaction, it makes the matter a federal offense.

This means that you could face felony drug charges for receiving an amount of marijuana or marijuana products that might have only added up to a misdemeanor if you were caught with it locally. Here in Pennsylvania, we recently decriminalized small amounts in a few cities, and there is momentum to decriminalize small amounts in Lancaster.

Third party carriers

If you choose to pursue shipping marijuana, which is still very much illegal, do not do so through the Postal Service. Some individuals choose to ship through a third party carrier, such as FedEx or UPS, but these services maintain the right to refuse to ship packages they suspect carry contraband. Also, while it is unlikely, they do reserve the right to report the package and its sender or receiver to the authorities.

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