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2 ways people accidentally violate drugs laws

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2023 | Drug Charges |

Many people find themselves under arrest, but they never had any intention of violating drug laws. They simply made a mistake, and they didn’t know that what they were doing was illegal.

How does something like this happen? There are numerous different ways that it can occur, but below are two examples to demonstrate how this situation can take place.

Sharing prescription medications

First, people need to be aware that it is illegal to share prescription medications. They sometimes do this with good intentions, such as when a family member is dealing with a similar ailment and wants to use the medication.

They feel like it is fine to share those drugs because they got a prescription and obtained them in a legal fashion. However, as soon as the controlled substance changes hands, it becomes illegal because the only person who is allowed to use the medication is the one who was actually given that prescription by a doctor.

Crossing state lines with marijuana products

Marijuana is still illegal in Iowa. However, many other states have taken a more progressive approach and begun to legalize the drug for recreational use. People will sometimes consider taking a road trip to a state like Colorado, Illinois or Michigan, buying legal recreational marijuana and then driving back to Iowa. This may sound like it would be legal because it was legal at the point of purchase. However, it is still illegal under federal law to cross state lines and a violation of Iowa law once that person returns to the state.

Are you facing drug-related charges for something you didn’t know was illegal? Be sure you are well aware of all of your legal options.

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