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.
This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. 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.
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.