Laws, Limits and Penalties
|Less than 1 oz||not classified||n/a||$ 100|
|More than 1 oz||misdemeanor||60 days||$ 500|
|Any amount in a school zone||misdemeanor||1 year||$ 1,000|
|Any amount (first offense)||felony||10 - 20 years||$ 50,000|
|Any amount (second offense)||felony||15 years - life||$ 100,000|
|Distribution to a person under 18 years of age or on school grounds will add 3 years to the sentence.|
|Any amount||felony||3 - 10 years||$ 15,000|
|Hash & Concentrates|
|Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.|
|Any use of a person under the age of 18 will add 3 years to any minimum sentence.|
The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation.
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.
This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective. For more information see: Medical Use.