Is Marijuana Possession a Crime in Minnesota?
4 years ago by Justin M. Schiks
Laws that legalize cannabis – or marijuana – have swept across various jurisdictions in the United States within the past ten years or so. Although cannabis is legal in Minnesota for treating some health conditions, including HIV and AIDS, as well as cancer, only certain health conditions qualify.
Possessing recreational marijuana in Minnesota is still against the law, and if you are found guilty and convicted, you could still be subject to certain penalties and misdemeanors.
If you find yourself facing a marijuana possession charge, let the experienced Woodbury criminal defense lawyers at JS Defense, PA. assist you with your legal matter today. Our team of defense lawyers can review your case and set to work preparing a good defense that could help you achieve a favorable outcome in court. Call us today for a free case evaluation or consultation.
Marijuana Possession Charges and Penalties upon Conviction
A conviction for possessing marijuana in Minnesota could result in high legal penalties and personal consequences. Specifically, possessing less than 42.5 grams is a petty misdemeanor. If the accused is convicted, he or she could receive up to $200 in fines and may be required to enroll in a drug education program.
Possessing more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in the body of a motor vehicle (except for the trunk) could result in up to 90 days in jail, along with a maximum fine of $1,000.
If the accused is caught possessing between 42.5 grams and 10 kilograms of marijuana, the accused could be charged with a felony. Upon conviction, the accused could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail, as well as a monetary fine of up to $5,000. If the accused possesses 10 to 50 kilograms of cannabis, he or she could receive up to 20 years in jail, along with a $250,000 fine.
Possessing 50 to 100 kilograms of cannabis could result in a maximum of 25 years in jail, along with up to $500,000 in fines. Finally, possessing in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana could result in the accused being sentenced to up to 30 years in jail, along with a maximum fine of $1,000,000.
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A conviction for marijuana possession carries with it significant penalties. In addition to these monetary fines, incarceration, and other legal penalties, you will have a criminal record. This record can make it difficult to achieve certain life goals, such as advanced education and employment, later on down the road.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Minnesota, let the skilled criminal defense attorneys at JS Defense, PA. help you today. Our legal team can help you explore all of your legal options and help you choose the best course of action for your criminal matter.