WASHINGTON, June 7, 2015 – Marijuana is already legal for medical and recreational use in the District of Columbia. Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado also allow recreational use and possession of cannabis.
Twenty-three states from Maine to California allow medical marijuana use. But if you are taking a road trip from the Northeastern shore to Southern California, there are a lot of states in between where marijuana is still illegal.
The laws are constantly changing, and the laws for use and possession in those states is not uniform.
And ignorance of the law is not a legal defense.
Georgia recently passed a law allowing up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil, a tincture in which the active ingredients in marijuana are added to an oil. This has proven to be an effective cure for seizures in children.
Though I live in Maryland, I had no idea that medical marijuana had been approved here before looking at the app Potlines.
Potlines, an app by 21st Century AMP LLC, helps to keep you out of trouble by providing up-to-date information on marijuana legalities, including the ability to get alerts sent to your phone so you know what state you can be in in any U.S. state.
Potlines can help users, both recreational and medical, avoid arrest for possession. Knowing you are entering a state while carrying may at least make you more aware of your behavior – such as speeding.
States like Oklahoma have harsh drug laws that can have a judge placing you behind bars for life for a single dime-bag. With Potlines, you can plan your route to ensure the best possible journey. If you are traveling from southeastern Colorado to California, it would be easy to accidentally drive across the Oklahoma border on your way to New Mexico, where pot, for medical use is legal.
With Potlines activated, when you cross that border, an alert will sound and you can turn around, get back to a pot-friendly Colorado and avoid Oklahoma altogether.
The app is pretty basic; when you first open the app, it will ask you if you want to receive alerts, which are what makes the app worth having on a road trip. So go slow and don’t miss the ability to opt in.
You can set the app for manual to check state laws before you cross the border or automatic, which will ping you when you cross with that state’s statutes.
This could help particularly in the aforementioned Oklahoma, or Texas, Louisiana, Arizona or Florida, where use and possession laws are harsh and can include up to a lifetime in jail. However, Arizona and Florida win for being the biggest buzzkill with laws that treat use and possession as a felony.
Find the app online at http://apple.co/1cTqePr or search for Potlines in the App Store on your smart phone.
Note: CDN does not condone or promote the illegal or irresponsible use of marijuana, prescription drugs and / or alcohol. There is no question that one should never drive under the influence of any substance — alcohol, cannabis or the like — that alters perceptions or physiological reactions.