Medical Marijuana requires a person to have a license for their weed, and they are strongly protected with the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Backs Medical Marijuana Patient Protection and other legal statements. It is also being shown that teenagers who smoke Marijuana rather than tobacco, tend to do better in school. We also know, that Marijuana is the least addictive drug, probably in the entire world, being less addictive than caffeine, and alcohol or tobacco is more likely to be abused. On your first offense, if you are caught with Marijuana, but in an amount that is considered too small to make a big profit out of, and as long as you are not dealing Marijuana or growing the Cannabis, it's most likely you'll just have your bud confiscated by the police (that's what happened to me). Links More on Medical Marijuana: MedicalMJ.org - Medical Marijuana News and Facts Swiss Research Shows Occasional Marijuana Use Not Harmful To Teens Common Sense for Drug Policy Presents: Continued State and Federal Pot Law Discrepency Legal Status of Marijuana: Log In Problems The Legal Status of Medical Marijuana Marijuana Effects: InfoFacts - Marijuana http://www.drugabuse.gov/PDF/InfoFacts/Marijuana06.pdf Effects of Marijuana -Mood changes -Memory impairment -Loss of coordination -Damages brain cells -Difficulty concentrating -Blood-shot eyes -Increase in appetite ("The Munchies") -Strong anxiety -Mental confusion -Loss of motivation -Heart rate and blood pressure may increase up to 50% -Effected organs and glands in the Endocrine System (pituitary gland, thyroid gland, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, adrenal glands, and testis) -May lower sperm count -Females may damage their "eggs" -Chances of cancer increases in lungs, throat, esophagus, etc. -Dry mouth, yellow teeth, bad breath, smells from hair, clothes, etc. Legal Consequences Paraphernalia[/b]: Anything related to drugs such as pipes, vaporizers, Marijuana cookbooks, etc. Possession of these can still lead to jail-time, especially if the drug paraphernalia is considered Class A Possession[/b]: "Possession of marijuana can be treated as either a Class A misdemeanor or as a Class C felony, depending on the person's prior criminal history and whether or not the marijuana appears to be for other than personal use. If a person already has a conviction for Marijuana, Second Degree (misdemeanor offense), then any further arrests for marijuana will be charged as Marijuana First Degree, a felony. The misdemeanor can result in a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The Department of Public Safety also suspends the drivers' license of persons convicted of this offense for up to 90 days. The felony can result in a prison sentence of one year and a day to ten years and a maximum fine of $5,000. Sentences including formal probation may also be used in misdemeanor marijuana cases. This can have important implications for a student who is looking for summer or permanent employment outside the Mobile area. Regular reporting to a probation officer and random drug screening, along with fees and costs, can make finding keeping a job difficult. Many job applications require applicants to report any arrests on their record; failure to disclose this information on an application can lead to further legal problems between the student and an employer. This overview was designed to give students a realistic picture of the impact that drugs can have on their lives. No scare tactics were used; all of the information comes directly from the Alabama Code, case law, and courtroom experience. It is hoped that all USA students will have an enjoyable and rewarding college career that does not include illegal drugs. Students or parents with any further questions are invited to contact the Mobile County District Attorney's Office at (251) 574-8400. Prepared by the Mobile County District Attorney's Office" - University of South Alabama Dealing: "Distribution basically means that a person is selling, furnishing or delivering a controlled substance. Distribution charges are often brought against people who try to sell drugs to an undercover officer or a confidential informant. Distributing controlled substances, including marijuana, is a Class B felony, which carries a maximum sentence of two to twenty years and a maximum fine of $10,000. Persons convicted of unlawfully selling a controlled substance on or within three miles of a school or university campus must serve an extra five years in prison without the possibility of probation. If a person over the age of 18 distributes a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18, the case must be treated as a Class A felony without the possibility of a suspended sentence or probation. The offense of drug trafficking refers primarily to the weight of the substances involved and not to the movement of the drugs either across state lines or from one person to another. In fact, possession of a controlled substance may become a trafficking charge if the drugs weigh enough. It is not necessary for a trafficking charge that the drugs in question have been moved or transported at all. Trafficking is a Class A felony, but the sentences for this offense differ from those ordinarily authorized for this range of felony. Depending on the substance and weight involved, a sentence for trafficking can range from three years in prison and $25,000 to life without parole." - University of South Alabama Question: Why do schools and all teach children that Marijuana contains twice the tar and more carcinogenic chemicals, when it's natural? Are they talking about laced, chemical-containing, synthetic weed?