Despite the fact that marijuana is becoming legalized for recreational use in states across the country, Maryland is still one of the states where it is not permitted for recreational use. In fact, according to the federal drug schedule, marijuana is still a schedule I drug, which means that it is considered dangerous and has no medical benefits. That being said, Maryland does allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.
Individuals who do unlawfully possess marijuana for recreational use will face significant consequences, including the following:
- If a person has less than 10 grams of marijuana in their possession, they will face a civil offense with a fine of $100
- If a person has between 10 grams and no more than 50 lbs of marijuana in their possession, they may face a misdemeanor with 1 year in jail and a fine of $1,000
- If a person has more than 50 lbs of marijuana in their possession, they may face a felony charge with a fine of $100,000 and at least 5 years of imprisonment
Individuals who are charged with possession with an intent to distribute will face even greater consequences, as this crime is a felony.
- Less than 50 lbs may result in 5 years in jail and a $15,000 fine
- Greater than 50 lbs may result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a $15,000 fine
- Within 1000 feet of a school may result in a $20,000 fine and 20 years in jail
If you have been charged with a crime in Maryland, contact our firm today.
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