Thankfully the topic of this article is becoming less relevant for more and more people across the United States as we slowly but surely reform our drug laws.  Even though several states have legalized the plant for all adults and lots of others are protected from prosecution due to a medical cannabis laws.  However, for some Americans it’s no safer than it was when President Nixon launched the war on drugs during the 1970’s.  If you live in my home state of Michigan, the threat of arrest for marijuana is still very real if you’re not a registered patient.  The good news is if you’re still liable for arrest in your home state for possessing/using marijuana, there are a number of things to drastically reduce your chances of being arrested.

The number one thing that I tell all my friends and people who use cannabis is do not smoke it in your car!  This tip is so important, yet it’s ignored by countless smokers who enjoy a hot box or love smoking while on the go.  If you plan on driving that car and you also plan on possessing marijuana you better make sure that it’s completely scent free before hitting the road again.  Cops will immediately have the right to search you and they will find your marijuana if you had some on you.  The thing that drives me crazy is that it is completely avoidable.  Use a different car for the hot box or simply go for a walk and smoke outside.  This the most valuable piece of advice and if you only do one thing to protect yourself from prosecution, don’t smoke in the car!

The next best tip I can give is too keep your stash at home and bring only what you know you will need to use with you in the car.  If you followed the previous step, there should be no reason for the police to search your vehicle on the way to your destination.  Never consent to a search because if they have a reason they wouldn’t have to ask for your permission.  When your only carrying what you plan on using at your buddies house or for the weekend trip, then on the way back you are completely clean.  This is 50% of your commute completely eliminated of risk just because you planned ahead.  Marijuana is always safer a home and you are guaranteed far more protections then a vehicle which is subject to search at any time with the help of a drug dog.  If marijuana always stayed at the home(highly unlikely) your chances of being busted are slim to none.  Unless you are growing your own, then you are going to have to be driving with it to pick it up and bring it back at the minimum.  Ask your connection to deliver if possible to eliminate this.  Always remember the privacy of your home can not be compared with anything.

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people in the remaining black market you will have to drive in possession of this plant.  That’s where my final well known tip comes in, obey all traffic laws at all times when driving with cannabis.  There are plenty of idiots on the road willing to draw the attention of the police away from you.  Speeders are everywhere as well as people who do not signal or ride to close to the car in front of them.  This should definitely comfort you knowing the probability is a lot lower.  It’s definitely still there however and the number of cars on the road also makes a big difference.  Driving home at 1 a.m from a friends house is going to draw more attention to you while following all the laws then 5p.m. on a Friday.

If you take everything into consideration discussed in the article i can guarantee that your chances of smoking in peace are increased.  Until the laws are changed for everyone in this beautiful country, many of us are at risk.  It’s sick and a crime to arrest people for putting something into their own bodies but it doesn’t mean our society won’t do it.  Be safe out there!