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As attitudes toward marijuana continue to evolve, more and more cities and states have legalized possession of this once-taboo drug. Because different parts of the country are legalizing medical and recreational marijuana at different rates, we have a potentially confusing patchwork of rules in the U.S.

Some places are not sure what the rules are yet in their own jurisdiction. A North Carolina man was caught up in this type of confusion when he was arrested and briefly charged with marijuana possession in Baltimore recently.

In January, the state’s attorney of Baltimore announced that prosecutors would no longer pursue marijuana possession charges, no matter the amount of marijuana involved or if the possessor has a criminal record. However, Baltimore police have continued to arrest people for possession.

Held for a month for possession ‘crime’

In response, the state’s attorney’s office has ordered those arrested to be released immediately. But the North Carolina man did not receive this treatment. Instead, he was held without bail for more than a month on drug trafficking charges before the state’s attorney decided against prosecuting.

“What does ‘regardless of the amount’ mean?” The North Carolina man’s attorney asked. He said the ambiguity of Baltimore’s marijuana policy is “setting people up to fail.” He noted that his client lost his job while locked up.

Could you spend a month in jail?

If you are a college student, you cannot afford to have a drug arrest on your record. Whether or not you are guilty, you could face suspension or expulsion from school.

The criminal defense code in North Carolina is constantly changing. If you are charged with a crime, you need a defense attorney who not only has extensive experience but also monitors developments in the law so they are prepared to provide the best possible legal service.

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