True or False: Test Your Legal Marijuana Knowledge
Marijuana is quickly becoming a regulated commercial industry, with products ranging from candy bars to cannabis drinks. So, what’s legal? Will you go to jail if you are caught munching THC brownies in the wrong state?
Take the following quiz to discover what’s true, what’s rumor, and what’s just plain false.
Marijuana plants are equipped with radio chips for tracking.
True. Colorado laws require that each plant for sale be tagged with a radio frequency identification chip.
If it’s legalized in my state, I can smoke marijuana in public.
False. It is not legal to smoke pot in public anywhere.
Legalizing marijuana eases financial and regulatory burdens on state agencies.
Where pot is legal, the black market still thrives.
Medical marijuana is legal in all states.
False. Medical marijuana is now legal in 24 states and Washington, DC.
It’s legal to sell candy infused with marijuana.
True. Where pot has been legalized, products of all kinds are sold legally. This has created a concern for the safety of children. These edibles look like regular candy. If you don’t examine the packaging, you won’t know those gummies bears could get you high until after you’ve eaten them. Colorado has seen an increase of children admitted to the ER from accidental ingestion of marijuana-infused foods since the drug’s legalization in 2014.
As long as you buy marijuana legally, you can bring it to a state with different laws and possess it without consequences.
False. Regardless of where you made the purchase, you have to abide by the laws each state has in place. Surrounding states may have very different regulations than where you purchased your pot. In fact, Nebraska and Oklahoma have sued Colorado in federal courts due to trafficking of marijuana to their citizens (who don’t share the same laws as Colorado residents).
If you smoke marijuana legally, you can still face fines and jail for getting behind the wheel when you’re high.
True. Drugged driving is illegal. Penalties vary, but if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs (including marijuana) you may be fined or arrested. However, field tests for marijuana use are much more difficult for law officials than those for alcohol. Law enforcement and researchers continue to work on this issue to develop better solutions.
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