If you enjoy smoking marijuana, you might wish you lived somewhere else rather than Mississippi. The drug is still illegal here, except for those with a medical license to use it. Even then, patients must be sure to buy it from a licensed dispensary and are limited to how much they can have in their possession.
If you travel out of state to a place where you can legally buy it, you might be tempted to bring a little back with you. However, that is ultimately a terrible idea, because if you’re caught, you could face criminal charges.
You could face both federal and state charges
Mississippi law enforcement officials who catch you with marijuana can charge you with possession, even if you only have a tiny bit on you. If you have lots, they might not believe it is all for you and charge you with more serious sales and distribution-related offenses.
Marijuana is still a Schedule One drug under federal law, which is what applies if a drug crosses a border between two states. So, crossing state lines with marijuana means you’ll also commit a crime under federal law.
It is easy to get confused about drug laws, especially if you used to live in a different state, are just visiting Mississippi or travel around a lot. Several defense options may be available, depending on the specifics of your case, if you’ve already been arrested for possession. Getting help to understand more about them gives you the best chance of avoiding a court punishing you for your mistake.