Possession Laws

Definition - What does Possession Laws mean?

Possession laws can refer to any of the international, national, state, provincial, regional or municipal laws, statutes, or ordinances that govern and regulate an individual in that respective region’s ability or inability to have illicit or controlled substances on their person or in areas under their ownership or control. These laws may relate to those items that are illegal to possess at all times, refer to substances that are legal to possess only under certain circumstances, such as with cannabis, and those substances like alcohol and tobacco that are legal for persons of the age of majority to possess, but not minors. The term may also be used to cover laws governing the restricted access of firearms or pornography.

MaximumYield explains Possession Laws

Possession laws as they relate to cannabis are wildly different around the world and even different within regions of the same country. Within those same regions, the possible punishments for possessing cannabis often correlate with the amount the individual has at the time of arrest or detention and also the intent of its use, such as if it was for sale, to be used recreationally, or medicinally. The number of times that an individual has been charged with the same offense and the proximity between such charges will also factor into the outcome as well. The personal beliefs of the judge or magistrate may also dictate the punishment for those in violation of possession laws.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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