We can get nearly anything we want these days by looking it up online and having it shipped to us.
Especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had meals, groceries, and a whole host of other goods delivered right to our door.
It seems like there are very few things left that we cannot order online and get in the mail.
Mail-order marijuana is a different story. Federal law prohibits sending marijuana through the mail.
As a result, you can face substantial penalties for shipping marijuana by mail to yourself or anyone else.
Additionally, Ohio state law prohibits possession of any amount of marijuana even if you bought it from a legal distributor in another state, including edibles and any product containing THC.
If you face criminal charges for buying or sending marijuana by mail, then you need a tough, dedicated defense lawyer who knows how to win.
The Ohio drug crime lawyers from Gounaris Abboud, LPA., have built a solid reputation for winning tough drug cases in state and federal courts. You can count on them to deliver the best result possible for you.
Can You Mail Marijuana?
At this time, 18 states and the District of Columbia have relaxed their stance on recreational marijuana consumption.
Additionally, another 18 states passed medical marijuana legislation allowing dispensaries to distribute marijuana to people who have a valid prescription. Ohio does not permit the recreational use of marijuana.
You can travel to a state that legalized the sale of recreational marijuana products and purchase them in person, even if you live in Ohio.
However, you will have to consume them in the state where you bought them because you cannot legally bring them home.
As stated, Ohio law prohibits bringing marijuana into the state, even if you bought it legally in another state.
If you try to do so, you could face criminal penalties. The penalties for marijuana possession vary depending on the weight of the drug under Ohio law.
The range of penalties for marijuana possession includes:
- Less than 100g is a minor misdemeanor;
- Between 100g and 200g is a fourth-degree misdemeanor;
- Between 200g and 1,000g is a fifth-degree felony;
- Between 1,000g and 5,000g is a third-degree felony;
- Between 5,000g to 20,000g is a third-degree felony with the presumption of incarceration;
- Between 20,000 and 40,000 is a second-degree felony punishable by incarceration for five, six, or seven years;
- More than 40,000g is a second-degree felony punishable by an eight-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.
You could also face a drug trafficking charge for selling or shipping marijuana, even if you bought it legally in another state.
Can I Buy Mail Order Marijuana Online with Worldwide Shipping?
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which often enlists the help of state and local law enforcement officers, keeps a close eye on the mail for drug shipments.
Agents monitor the mail for suspicious packages and perhaps even use tips from informants to intercept mail-order marijuana shipments.
The DEA watches drug shipments sent by people using the USPS as well as private carriers like UPS and FedEx.
When law enforcement agents get a tip that a package might contain marijuana, they may get a search warrant to open the package or have a drug dog “hit” on the shipment.
The agents will track the package to its destination. At that time, they might choose to take down the person receiving the package immediately upon delivery or get a search warrant.
Usually, the agents will arrest the person who received the shipment and try to build a case against that person while trying to find out who sent it.
That’s why it’s dangerous to use a marijuana mail-order delivery service. Similarly, you are taking a tremendous risk if you ship marijuana even though you bought it legally.
Like state law, the penalties you can face in federal court increase dramatically as the amount of marijuana increases.
What Should I Do If Police Suspect I Bought Mail Order Marijuana?
Federal agents know how to pressure people into talking. Remember that you never have to answer any questions police — including federal agents — ask you.
If they want to talk to you, then you should ask for a lawyer right away. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can decide if it’s in your best interest to talk to law enforcement.
It’s always best to remain silent until you’ve had a chance to obtain legal advice.
Federal authorities are always looking to land the bigger fish. They may try to get you to give up your supplier. Even if you invoke your rights to remain silent, federal prosecutors might give you a proffer letter.
This is a tactic they frequently use to get people to provide evidence against others. But you should not try to take on the federal government alone.
In this situation, you need a lawyer who has extensive experience representing people facing federal drug crimes. Without one, you could accidentally incriminate yourself in a drug conspiracy that sends you to federal prison.
Get Help with Your Mail Order Marijuana Charges Today!
You are not automatically guilty because the police claim you received or shipped a package containing marijuana.
You have valuable rights, and the experienced drug crimes lawyers with Gounaris Abboud, LPA., will fight to protect them.
The drug crimes lawyers with Gounaris Abboud, LPA., have received numerous accolades over the last decade.
Owing to their unparalleled representation, legal skills, and documented track record of results, Gounaris Abboud, LPA., has earned a reputation for excellence.
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