As more and more states are passing laws allowing for the use of medical and retail marijuana, more and more people as asking about the different laws associated with the public use of it. Questions have been brought up asking about public use, possession and other public-related concerns over the legal use of medical marijuana. The number one question asked is “Can marijuana be used in public.” The answer is no and those attending community events or enjoying public areas of their community may want to avoid smoking marijuana.
Though retail marijuana is legal to purchase it is only intended for private use. This means that it cannot be used in an open or public area. Private use means it is consumed in a person’s home or other locations that are not accessible to the public.
Those cities where retail marijuana is legal, it is possible to purchase marijuana from a licensed retail store. These retail stores can sell marijuana to those age 21 and older without a medical marijuana card. Once purchased, the marijuana must be taken home or to a private location. This is because it cannot be consumed in a public place and these licensed retail stores are considered public places.
Marijuana is not legal to consume in public. It does not matter if it was purchased legally through a retail store or is used for a medical condition. Public places include transportation depots, schools, entertainment venues, parks, playgrounds on sidewalks and outdoor cafes. It is also illegal to smoke marijuana in indoor places that are public, such as bars, common areas of buildings and restaurants.
Consequences for using marijuana in public varies among different municipalities. Penalties can range from fines to jail time. Some consequences may even include a prison sentence and community service. It varies by violation, number of offenses and local and state statutes.
All in all, marijuana cannot be consumed in public. This includes retail and medical marijuana. To avoid the risk of legal issues associated with the consumption of retail and medical marijuana, it is best to consume it in the privacy of a person’s home.