Delaware recently became the 16th state in the country to legalize marijuana
use for limited medical purposes, The News Journal reports.
While this is good news for those with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis
and other debilitating diseases, everyone should know that despite having
a medical marijuana card in California, Nevada or elsewhere, law enforcement
may use it against you in a DUI traffic stop. If you are caught in such
a situation, you will need an experienced
Reno criminal defense attorney who can assist you in sorting out the facts of the case in front of a judge.
While Nevada has had a similar law on the books for a decade now, patients
should understand that the medical marijuana law does not protect a patient
who uses their medicine while driving or operating a boat. Nor does the
law allow you to medicate in any place exposed to public view.
Even if you haven’t legally smoked marijuana that day, you could
still be stopped by law enforcement and possibly even arrested for driving
under the influence. Nevada DUI laws provide for harsh penalties, even
jail time and a driver’s license suspension for DUI.
An officer may say he or she smells marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Even if the driver smoked marijuana hours ago, he or she may still be
blamed for operating under the influence. Additionally, those with permission
to consumer medical marijuana in Nevada may still find themselves afoul
of the law in California, or vice versa.
But your trouble may not even get to the road. Nevada casinos have begun
taking a hard-line stance against patrons possessing marijuana and other
drugs. Security and bouncers at various night clubs have become more aggressive
in checking patrons who re-enter clubs, especially at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
While having a minor amount of marijuana may seem like no big deal, you
could be in for an uphill battle in court, which is why choosing the right
Lake Tahoe criminal defense attorney is important. Even a first offense for possession of a controlled substance
can be punished by jail or prison time and stiff fines.
Joey Gilbert & Associates, Ltd. criminal defense team works extensively representing clients dealing with criminal charges of
casino/resort properties in Reno and Lake Tahoe, including the Eldorado
Hotel Casino, Silvery Legacy Hotel Casino, Peppermill Hotel Casino, EDGE
Nightclub, The Freight House District as well as Silver Peak and Imperial
If you are facing charges in Reno or Lake Tahoe, contact Joey Gilbert &
Associates, Ltd to discuss your rights. Call (775) 574-4774