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Can you bring marijuana to Oklahoma? 

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Over the last decade, many states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Oklahoma is not one of those states. The measure is still being put on ballots and there are people who support it, but the laws have not changed and marijuana remains illegal for recreational use.

What you may be wondering is what to do if you visit a state where it is legal. Say you’re on a road trip to Colorado or you take a flight to Michigan. In these states, you can just walk into a dispensary and buy marijuana legally. What if you do that and then you bring it back to Oklahoma? Does that still mean that it’s legal?

The legality doesn’t change

Your purchase in another state is certainly legal and you’re not going to face criminal charges while you’re there. But the legality of marijuana in Oklahoma doesn’t change just because you bought marijuana in a state where it was legal to make that purchase. As soon as you re-enter Oklahoma, you then have a controlled substance and you could face serious legal ramifications. The police are not going to change their stance simply because you explain to them that you bought the product in a state where it was legal.

Moreover, bringing marijuana across state lines is always illegal at the federal level, as those laws also have not yet changed. So transporting it back to Oklahoma means that you have violated both federal and state laws and you could certainly face charges.

Then what do you do?

Maybe you made an innocent mistake, thinking you weren’t violating the law, and now you’re facing serious drug charges. If so, take the time to look into your legal defense options.