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Why you should think twice before mailing pot through USPS

Despite its growing popularity as a treatment for some disabling health conditions, medical marijuana still isn't legal in every state. Unlike here in California, in many states there is no distinction between medical marijuana and its recreational counterpart, meaning obtaining or possessing the drug in these states is still considered illegal even if there is a medical need for the plant.

If you have friends or family in these states who need the drug for treatment, you may be tempted to send them some medical marijuana through the mail. If you've considered this idea, we encourage you to stop right now because following through with such an action could lead to criminal charges being filing against you.

As you may not know, federal laws dictate what can and cannot be sent through the general mail, which is controlled by the United States Post Office. According to federal law, it's illegal to send controlled substances like marijuana through the general mail. Even private mail carriers such as FedEx prohibit the transportation of materials or substances that are prohibited by state or federal law. This means if you are caught doing so, you could face federal drug charges.

This was the case back in 2010 when three people were charged and convicted for violating federal laws after it was discovered that they had sent packages of marijuana through the general mail. The average sentence given was 54 months in a federal prison followed by a four-year term of supervised release.

Although medical marijuana wasn't the issue in this 2010 case, it could be the issue if any of our Dublin readers decide to send a controlled substance like medical marijuana through the mail. Like the three defendants above, our readers could find themselves in need of a skilled lawyer and a good defense.

Sources: FindLaw, "Is It Legal to Mail Marijuana?" Brett Snider, Esq., July 8, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas, "Three Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Marijuana Via the U.S. Mail," April 8, 2010

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