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When police catch your child with marijuana: Fallout and help

Marijuana is a point of contention in the U.S., with many arguing for the legalization of its recreational and medical use. While it is currently legal in Guam, Washington D.C. and 19 states, Pennsylvania is not among this number.

Unfortunately, the use of cannabis by college students has only gone up over the years, with NBC News reporting that it was the highest it has been in 35 years in 2019. If authorities recently discovered your college-attending child with illicit pot, there are consequences such as fines and possibly even jail time as well as possible punishment like suspension from the university.

Effects on financial aid

One potential negative outcome is the loss of eligibility for federal financial aid. If your child receives a drug conviction, they may end up disqualified, potentially for life, from receiving federal grants and loans and even lose any they have. However, if the charges come at a time when your offspring is not in classes, and thus technically not receiving aid at the time, this does not apply. Your child may also lose scholarships depending on the institution or the terms if they are private.

Actions you may take

You need to find out the root cause of the marijuana usage. While your child may have it simply for fun or to fit in, there may also be a deeper underlying reason such as mental illness or bullying. Once you discover the why you may obtain the proper aid for your progeny. You also need to find legal counsel to see if there is any way to mitigate the fallout and protect your child’s rights.

Illegal possession of marijuana may result in repercussions that affect your child’s future for a long time. It is important to take legal and other steps to support them.