July 4th is a celebration of our freedom. But on this Independence Day, for the first time in more than a century, our freedoms include the ability to legally buy, possess, and use medical and recreational cannabis. Below are a few helpful tips for the Fourth of July with Cannabis.
FIREWORKS CAN LIGHT UP IN PUBLIC AREAS – BUT YOU CAN’T
While the law allows adults to possess quite a bit of cannabis in public, it doesn’t allow you to smoke it in public — or in areas where smoking tobacco is banned, such as restaurants and offices. Light up in public and you could get dinged with a fine, plus possible additional penalties in towns that have bylaws or ordinances prohibiting public pot use.
CARS AND MARIJUANA
This doesn’t require much explanation at all: It’s completely illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana and medical marijuana. True, there’s no easy breathalyzer-like test police officers can use to measure impairment from cannabis, but the cops will still take you off the road if they believe you’re stoned.
SMOKE ON THE WATER?
For many, it’s a July Fourth tradition to hop in a boat and putter around. It’s still illegal to pilot a watercraft of any size under the influence of any form of weed. The police enforces federal laws within all navigable US waters, not to mention local authorities.
I think if you can follow these tips with cannabis, you can have a great holiday. Happy Fourth of July!