I had a close call the other night, but thankfully I kept my cool and talked my way out of the situation.
I was very lucky, because it turns out that most cops really don’t care about weed anymore.
Medical cannabis is legal in this state, but only under some tight restrictions. Recreational use is still not allowed, although it may happen in the next voting cycle. Anyway, I was heading downtown for a night at the bar, and of course I had a little cannabis in my pocket. I never go anywhere without some cannabis, just in case. I had a broken tail light, and the cops pulled me for that. Almost immediately they smelled the cannabis in my pocket. I only buy the premium strains, like OG Kush or Purple Haze, and those are very stinky. Technically it was illegal for me to carry cannabis on me at all, because I didn’t have the state-issued prescription card. It turns out the cop who pulled me over didn’t care about a few grams of cannabis. If I had a pound of marijuana, or was driving under the influence, it would have been a different story. Instead he wrote me a citation for the tail light and let me go. Of course I had been smoking cannabis all day, and was very much under the influence, but the cop didn’t know that. Driving while high on cannabis is very different, and much less dangerous, than driving drunk. I have cannabis in my system every time I drive a car, and I’ve never had a problem.