Laws, Limits and Penalties
|14 g or less (first offense)||Not Classified||15 days||$ 300|
|More than 14 g – less than 2.5 lbs (first offense)||Not Classified||6 months||$ 500|
|2.5 - less than 60 lbs||Not Classified||2* - 10 years||$ 30,000|
|60 - less than 2000 lbs||Felony||5* - 30 years||$ 100,000|
|2000 - less than 10,000 lbs||Felony||10* - 40 years||$ 400,000|
|10,000 lbs or more||Felony||25* - 40 years||$ 1,000,000|
|First and second offenders may be eligible for probation.|
|* Mandatory minimum sentence|
|Distribution or Cultivation of Marijuana|
|Any amount (first offense)||Not Classified||5* - 30 years||$ 50,000|
|Any amount (subsequent offense)||Not Classified||10* - 60 years||$ 100,000|
|To a minor (first offense)||Not Classified||5* - 45 years||$ 100,000|
|To a minor (subsequent offense)||Not Classified||10* - 90 years||$ 200,000|
|Includes possession with intent to distribute|
|* Mandatory minimum sentence|
|Hash & Concentrates|
|Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.|
|Possession, distribution, or cultivation of marijuana within 2000 feet of a drug free zone is punishable by 1.5 times the maximum sentence.|
|Conviction of any crime involving controlled substances results in denial of driving privileges for not less than 30 days but not more than 1 year.|
This state has local jurisdictions that have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.
Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.
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.
This state has a marijuana tax stamp law enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal sanction.