What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Maryland?
September 15th, 2020
If you are someone who has recently been charged with marijuana possession, or any marijuana-related crime, you are looking at serious penalties that may change the course of your life for years to come. Read on and speak with our experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more about marijuana possession charges and how we can help you fight them.
Will I go to jail for marijuana possession in Maryland?
Depending on the amount of marijuana you are caught with, you may spend time in jail. The penalties for marijuana possession in Maryland are as follows:
- Less than 10 grams: This is a civil offense, which means no jail time and a $100 fine.
- Between 10 grams and 50 pounds: This is a misdemeanor charge, for which you may spend up to 1 year in jail and face a $1,000 fine.
- More than 50 pounds: This is a felony charge, for which you may spend at least 5 years in jail and face a potential $100,000 fine.
Those who are caught smoking or otherwise using marijuana in public face a $500 civil fine, and those who have been charged with more than one marijuana-related crime face even higher fines. You should also understand that if the arresting officer suspects that the marijuana you were caught in possession of was not for personal use and that you instead had the intent to distribute or sell it, you will face even more severe consequences.
What happens if I am caught selling marijuana in Maryland?
If you are charged with the intent to distribute the drug, you absolutely must retain aMaryland criminal defense attorney today. The potential consequences you may face are as follows:
- Less than 50 pounds: This is a felony charge that may result in 5 years in jail and a potential $15,000 fine.
- 50 pounds or more: This is a felony charge that may result in at least 5 years in jail and a potential $15,000 fine.
- More than 50 pounds (Drug Kingpin): This is a felony charge that may result in between 20-40 years of imprisonment as well as up to $1,000,000 in fines.
- The intent to distribute to a minor is also a felony charge that comes with up to 20 years of imprisonment and a potential $20,000 fine.
- If you are caught selling marijuana in a school vehicle or near an elementary or secondary school, you will face a felony that comes with up to 20 years of imprisonment and a potential $20,000 fine.
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