You did everything right as a parent, including sending your child off to a great school in Pennsylvania, trusting him to make good decisions in another state. Then you get a troubling phone call: He has been charged with marijuana possession. Amid your shock and disappointment, you might have a lot of questions about the charges.
College is about freedom. Freedom to set your own schedule. Freedom to start making your own decisions. Freedom from your parents.
With state after state legalizing marijuana possession for at least some purposes, it can feel like partaking in a little weed isn't a big deal anymore. Even though Pennsylvania hasn't legalized pot for any purpose, possession of a small amount of marijuana -- defined as 30 grams, or just over an ounce -- is often charged as a misdemeanor with very limited penalties.