While many states throughout the country have moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana over the years, there are still penalties Maryland. It is because of this that individuals who are found to be in possession of the federally classified schedule I drug can face consequences as a result. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney if you were charged with a drug crime.
What are the Consequences of Marijuana Possession?
While the state of Maryland decriminalized the possession of under 10 grams of marijuana, individuals who are in possession of more than this amount can face criminal consequences as a result. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, this can 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 the individual is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute or distribution of marijuana, the consequences are worse. Depending on the circumstances, this can include the following:
- 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
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Maryland?
In the state of Maryland, medical marijuana is legal. State law says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is encouraged to approve medical marijuana recommendations for the following cases:
- Patients with chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions and who have been admitted to hospice or are receiving palliative care
- Patients with a chronic or debilitating disease whose symptoms include (or for which the treatment produces side effects that include) cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe or persistent muscle spasms
- Patients who are diagnosed with any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and or which the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of marijuana
- The commission specifically lists glaucoma and post-traumatic stress disorder as qualifying conditions
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel 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. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.