Marijuana arrests have increased at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. This is because the possession of even small amounts of recreational or medical marijuana on federal land is illegal. This is true even for national parks residing within Colorado and Washington state where marijuana possession is permitted. Many violators spend the night in jail, receive a misdemeanor conviction and a $1,000 fine.

What to do if you’re apprehended
Motorists questioned by police should know that anything they say can and will be held against them. According to one attorney when law enforcement asks: Do you have any marijuana in your car? Many respond by saying ‘yes’ and in that case “there’s not a lot a criminal defense attorney can do.”

Smoke only on private property with permission
Also keep in mind that in states where marijuana possession is legal there are limitations on where it can be consumed. In Colorado and Washington state, for example, one cannot smoke or consume recreational pot in public places like concerts, ski slopes or in one’s car. Marijuana can only be consumed on private property with the property owner’s permission. So if you are staying in a hotel, be sure to check with management on the pot smoking policy.

Have fun but do it safely. Happy New Year!