There are laws that penalize the usage of illegal substances. Marijuana is illegal for recreational use in Arkansas. Though the law recognizes medical uses of the drug for individuals who are suffering from specific illnesses and ailments, most individuals who are caught in possession of the substance may be charged with drug crimes and punished. Possible criminal sanctions do not always deter individuals from having and using marijuana, and across the world, marijuana is celebrated on a specific day.
April 20th has been dubbed Weed Day and is used by many as a day to celebrate marijuana. Because of its notoriety and the number of people who, across the world, indulge in the use of the drug, authorities in communities across the seas and right here in Arkansas step up their efforts to stop and catch individuals engaged in illegal behavior.
Primarily, law enforcement officials will be looking for individuals who are using marijuana and operating their motor vehicles. An Arkansas resident may face a serious penalty if they are found both to be in possession of marijuana and under its influence when they operate their vehicle. Their punishments could affect their driving privileges, their freedom and other important rights.
As law enforcement officials increase their presence and efforts as April 20 approaches, Arkansas residents should be aware that they may be subject to the scrutiny of police officers are they drive through their communities. Individuals may find themselves subject to stops and police searches when they are innocent of marijuana and other drug charges and may wonder what they can do if they are wrongfully accused of crimes. In such circumstances individuals can discuss their legal troubles with attorneys who provide criminal defense services. This could help with a defense and the opportunity to clear his or her name.