It’s no surprise that the military has strict drug laws, but these laws have been changing in the United States and all over the world. One example of a changing landscape is marijuana. Until recently, you couldn’t enlist if you had used marijuana in your youth. Now, the army may grant a waiver that allows you to enlist anyway, so long as you don’t use it again while in the military. However, this doesn’t mean the military takes drug charges lightly. In fact, the use of drugs, including marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, is taken very seriously. If you’ve been charged with a drug offense, the military law lawyers at Military Trial Defenders can help you.
How Laws and Views on Marijuana Are Changing
So far, eight states have legalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana for recreational use, including Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington along with the District of Columbia. In addition, thirteen states have decriminalized marijuana, meaning it’s hard to be jailed for use or possession of marijuana. In these states, the offense would result in a citation or a low-end misdemeanor charge, according to the Idaho State Journal. These changes have prompted institutions and government organizations to loosen the reins on drug charges due to marijuana, including the military.
During your tenure in the military, you will undergo countless drug tests to ensure that you are not using. Urinalysis is the most common form of drug testing, though hair may also be used. Coming back positive for drugs in your system can result in harsh punishments, including termination of your military career, fines, and jail time. Drug tests are usually done at random. However, someone may command you take one if they have probable cause to believe you are using. It’s important to note that these tests can often trace drugs in your system from weeks or months before.
What Should I Do if I’m Charged with a Drug Offense?
Drug offenses are taken seriously in many states, including Texas, and for those in the military. If you’re in the military and are charged with a drug offense, working with military law lawyers can help you navigate the legal aftermath. Our military law lawyers at Military Trial Defenders are ready to help you. Call our law firm today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you!