Civil Possession of Marijuana

Possession of 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana or less is a civil violation and not a crime.  A person who possesses a usable amount of marijuana commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $350 and not more than $600 must be adjudged for possession of up to 1 1/4 ounces of marijuana and a fine of not less than $700 and not more than $1,000 must be adjudged for possession of over 1 1/4 ounces to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, none which may be suspended.

Possession, in its simplest form, means having knowledge of the substance and the ability to exercise control over it.  More than one person can possess an item.  Although possession of 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana is not a crime the collateral consequences of an adjudication against you can be great.  Examples include the ineligibility to obtain federal financial aid, the loss of or inability to obtain a professional license, and disqualification of certain jobs.

If you are charged with a civil possession of marijuana or possession of an usable amount of marijuana call my office today.

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