Marijuana Laws And Penalties In Your State.
This map will guide you to marijuana laws and penalties for prohibited marijuana use in the all 50 states, the District of Columbia and under Federal Law.
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Only Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use. A limited medical marijuana law most recently went in Maryland, allowing authorized academic medical centers and research centers to distribute marijuana. Patients are not expected to be able to sign up for the program until 2015. Illinois legalized medical marijuana with a law establishing a pilot program set to be implemented in January 2014.
This information is current as of October 2013 and includes ballot measures approved in the 2012 elections that have yet to take effect.
Marijuana Laws And Penalties By State.
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Comments And Observations:
- The guide does not list penalties for every marijuana offense nor every enhanced sentence such as possessing marijuana near a school, involving a minor and / or automatic driver’s or professional license suspension. Your state may require an enhanced sentence even if the enhancement is not in the guide.
- Unless otherwise specified, please assume that listed penalties apply only to first convictions. Prior convictions often place a defendant in a higher penalty range and convictions while on probation for a previous offense may result in revocation of probation.
- Except where indicated otherwise, a listed fine is the maximum fine for the conviction and the minimum fine is zero.
- “Possession” usually means “possessing marijuana only for personal use”. If the government accuses you of possessing marijuana for other reasons, the accompanying penalties will probably exceed those for possessing marijuana for personal use. Possessing large amounts of marijuana frequently results in more serious charges of “possession with intent to distribute” , “trafficking” and/or “sale”.
- Many factors contribute to a defendant’s sentence. Factors include level of involvement in the prohibited conduct, location, age, presence or absence of minors, use or presence of weapons, conduct for which a person has been acquitted and many other things.
- If you are in trouble, please know your rights and hire an attorney.
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