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Marijuana: The United States Postal Service and drug trafficking

Can you mail cannabis through the U.S. Postal Service? What is the real risk of sending it via the mail? With some states beginning to legalize the plant, this could become a concern for many in the future, as you could be accused of drug trafficking. If that happens, you and your attorney should be prepared to defend your reputation, because the marijuana laws vary across the United States.

How likely is it that cannabis can be found in mail? Well, it's already a problem in the United States, but not just with marijuana. Drug dealing is often done through the mail system, and although quantities are prevented from reaching their final destinations, many people are still getting these drugs through the postal service.

Narcotics trafficking operations have used the postal service to spread drugs across the United States, but now that state marijuana laws are changing, there could be some issues ahead. Marijuana is one of the most common drugs to be intercepted by inspectors.

Marijuana actually made up 68 percent of all 12,389 drug-related seizures in 2013. The levels of the drug have decreased since, and the decline was noted first in 2014. When marijuana became legal, the number of parcels being stopped also dropped by over 12 percent that year, which is in part due to the black market being eliminated in those states with legalized marijuana. In the future, sending marijuana through the mail may not be illegal, but for now, it's a gray area.

Anyone facing charges of sending or receiving marijuana through the mail will need to develop a convincing defense strategy rapidly to attempt to beat the charges.

Source: Leafly.com, "Can You Get Away with Mailing Cannabis Through the USPS?," Ross Scully, July 26, 2016

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