Marijuana laws in the United States have rapidly changed within the last decade. Federal laws still classify marijuana as a schedule I drug, despite many states moving to legalize the drug recreationally. The state of Maryland has not legalized marijuana for recreational use but does allow certain individuals to utilize medical marijuana and has decriminalized marijuana possession under 10 grams.
If you are charged with the unlawful possession of marijuana over 10 grams in the state of Maryland, the consequences that you may face can be serious, depending on the circumstances. The potential consequences of marijuana possession in the state of Maryland include the following:
- Possession of fewer than 10 grams is a civil offense with a possible $100 fine
- Possession (not indicative of sale) of at least 10 grams is a misdemeanor with a possible $1000 fine and up to 6 months in jail
If you have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute or distribution of marijuana, the potential consequences become far more serious. A conviction for this charge can result in the following penalties:
- Up to 5 years in jail and/or a 15,000 fine.
- Greater than 50 pounds can result in a $15,000 fine and a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years
- Greater than 50 pounds as a drug kingpin can result in a $1,000,000 fine and between 20 to 40 years in jail without the possibility of parole
- In a school vehicle or within 1000 feet of a school results in a $20,000 fine and 20 years in jail
Many drug offenses also have subsequent offender penalties which increase the amount of the sentence or fine. It is critical that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can effectively represent your interests. Contact our firm today.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. We also represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.