FEDERAL

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Any amount (first offense) misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Any amount (second offense) misdemeanor 15 days* - 2 years $ 2,500
Any amount (subsequent offense) misdemeanor or felony 90 days* - 3 years $ 5,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Sale
Less than 50 kg felony 5 years $ 250,000
50 - 99 kg felony 20 years $ 1,000,000
100 - 999 kg felony 5 - 40 years $ 500,000
1000 kg or more felony 10 years - life $ 1,000,000
To a minor or within 1000 ft of a school, or other specified areas carries a double penalty.
Gift of small amount -- see Possession
Cultivation
Less than 50 plants felony 5 years $ 250,000
50 - 99 plants felony 20 years $ 1,000,000
100 - 999 plants felony 5 - 40 years $ 500,000
1000 plants or more felony 10 years - life $ 1,000,000
Paraphernalia
Sale of paraphernalia felony 3 years N/A

Details

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.