Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
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.

Medical Marijuana

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.