Marijuana is partially decriminalized in Maryland. However, this doesn’t mean that there is now carte blanche when it comes to this drug. The decriminalization impacts possession charges; however, it doesn’t cover higher quantities of drugs. The laws don’t also protect people who are selling this drug.
If you are facing any type of marijuana charges, you need to ensure that you know exactly what you are facing before you start working on your defense. There are some very stark differences between different types of charges.
People who are convicted of selling marijuana are facing a felony charge that comes with a possible 5-year penalty. There is also a fine of $15,000. For more than 50 pounds being sold, you will face no less than 40 years. Subsequent offenses also come with harsher penalties. There is also the matter of being named a drug “kingpin,” which comes with 20 to 40 years in prison.
For marijuana possession charges, you are facing a fine if you have under 10 grams. Having 10 grams to 50 pounds is a misdemeanor charge that come with a year in prison. Possible fines of up to $1,000 are also possible for this.
Some people who are facing marijuana charges might need to go through a clinical assessment to help determine if they have a substance abuse disorder or if they need to undergo a drug education program. This may give them the chance to get help for any underlying issue that might be causing them to turn to drugs. Still, the priority must be placed on preparing a defense against these charges.