Some states are decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana, which might make you think that smoking pot is no big deal. Here in Ohio, though, recreational pot smoking is still illegal. What might be legal in other places still carries serious consequences here.
So it doesn't matter what's happening in Colorado or Massachusetts, it only matters what the laws are in Ohio. And when it comes to getting caught with drugs - it's important not to forget that marijuana is still considered a controlled substance - you probably don't realize how bad things can get. Here are three things you might not know.
You could lose your students loans.
Even low level drug convictions, like possession of marijuana, can cost you your eligibility for student loans and financial aid. If you are caught selling it to your friends, things get even worse. Can you afford college without loans? Being ineligible for student loans will have long-term effects on your education and future career.
So long, driver's license.
In Ohio, you're going to lose your driver's license for drug crimes for six months automatically, even if your charge had nothing to with driving under the influence. Most people don't realize this is a consequence of a drug charge, and it's a big one. Losing your license can have a huge impact on your social life and livelihood. Uber is only practical for so long.
Employers don't look kindly on hiring convicts.
A drug conviction is going to show up on your permanent record. That's going to be an issue when you are looking for a job. The hiring manager is probably not going to care that the conviction was "only" for marijuana - all they will see is "criminal."
There are options available to you, and working with an experienced attorney can help. Mistakes happen, and they shouldn't have the ability to derail your entire life.