Many people assume that because marijuana possession is legal in many parts of the country that having some is not a big deal. Unfortunately, in many places it is still against the law to grow or possess marijuana. In Maryland, certain people can use marijuana for medical reasons, but not for other reasons, such as leisure. There are people who find this out the hard way, as in the case of one man recently arrested on several drug charges in connection with marijuana at his residence.
Officers had a warrant to search the man’s home as part of an investigation. They say they had reason to believe he was growing marijuana illegally at his home. When police arrived and searched his residence, they say they found six marijuana plants along with lights meant for the purpose of growing marijuana.
The man was arrested and charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors, including cannabis possession and possession of equipment used to grow a controlled substance. It is not clear how police determined that the man might be growing marijuana on his property. Police also have not announced any sort of explanation the man might have given for his actions.
People in a similar situation to this man may not realize how seriously law enforcement will consider these types of crimes, but drug charges, even for a drug as common as marijuana, can have significant negative consequences in people’s lives. Conviction can make it more difficult to obtain employment or get a loan. It may even have a negative impact on people’s social lives as they deal with the stigma of having a criminal record. It is imperative that Maryland residents charged with drug crimes seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty and deserves a chance to tell their side of the story.