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A medical marijuana registry card comes with responsibilities

You would probably think twice before driving with an open beer in your vehicle. Medical marijuana patients are bound to similar laws. Even if you have a prescription and are registered, you must use caution when using and transporting medical marijuana.

You have your cannabis in a tamper-evident container in an inaccessible area of the car while in motion. Illinois law explicitly prohibits the use of medical cannabis in the passenger area of a vehicle. Even if you’re a passenger, you can’t carry medical marijuana with you in the passenger area. If you have to transfer open containers of cannabis, you should keep them in a sealed area out of reach, such as a trunk.

Improper transportation of medical marijuana carries steep penalties. An open container or possession violation is a Class A misdemeanor and results in a two-year revocation of your registry card. A Class A misdemeanor charge could have you facing up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Because Illinois legalized medical marijuana does not mean that you're allowed to drive after using. Should law enforcement pull you over, they could ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. Reasonable suspicion of a holder of a registry card for DUI is often probable cause for a field sobriety test. If you’re found guilty of DUI will affect your driving registry card privileges.

The state approves medical marijuana registry cards for those who need. Losing access to your medication and facing fines or jail time won’t help you management your ailment. Being a cardholder means taking the responsibility for use and transportation of medical marijuana seriously.

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