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Consequences of Using Retail Marijuana BeforeAge 21

Unless it’s medically prescribed, marijuana use comes with legal consequences that can negatively impact a young person's goals and plans. Learn what these consequences are so you'll be able to help them understand how using marijuana can affect their lives now, and in the future.

  • Minor in Possession Consequences

    Much like with alcohol, if someone’s caught with retail marijuana under the age of 21, they could get a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge. This could result in fines, driver's license suspension, the loss of financial aid for higher education, and misdemeanor or felony charges.

    • First Offense

      A fine of no more than $100, or a court order to complete a substance abuse education program approved by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Also, it’s possible to lose a driver's license.

    • Second Offense

      A fine of no more than $100, or a court order to complete a substance abuse education program approved by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). It’s also possible to have to submit to an OBH-approved substance abuse assessment and complete any treatment recommended by the assessment, plus perform up to 24 hours of public service.

    • Third Offense

      A fine of up to $250 and a court order to submit to an OBH-approved substance abuse assessment and complete any treatment recommended by the assessment, and perform up to 36 hours of public service.

  • Sports & Activities

    If they’re caught using marijuana, they can be removed from sports teams and extracurricular activities, suspended, expelled or referred to drug counseling.

  • Financial Aid

    Marijuana charges, including Minor in Possession (MIP) charges, can result in the loss of federal financial aid for college, including: Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, PLUS Loans, and Work-Study Programs.

  • Employment

    Many employers still prohibit marijuana use by their employees, which could mean losing a job. Losing a job also means losing a job reference, which makes future employment even harder to get.

  • Freedoms

    Getting caught with marijuana means getting charged with an MIP, which can involve fines, public service hours, misdemeanor/felony charges and even possible loss of driver's license.

    It can also cause a young adult to lose their parents’ trust, resulting in the loss of privileges. And if there’s one thing youth hate to hear, it’s “I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed.”

     

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