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Marijuana-related felony charges and consequences in Maryland

The sale or possession of marijuana in the state of Maryland can lead to felony drug charges and the penalties for a conviction under those charges are very severe. For example, while the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor conviction is one year and the maximum fine is $1,000, the maximum sentence for a felony charge conviction is five years along with a maximum fine of $5,000. The amount of marijuana possessed in this case must be between 10 grams and 5 pounds. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana only comes with a fine of up to $100.

To understand in more detail, possession of marijuana of up to 50 pounds with the intent to distribute is a felony offense and carries a sentence of up to five years along with a maximum fine of $15,000. The possession of more than 50 pounds is a felony and can identify the distributor as a drug kingpin. In such cases, the person can be incarcerated for 20 to 40 years along with maximum fines of $1,000,000.

According to Maryland drug crime laws, the sale of any amount of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school is punishable with a two-to-five-year jail sentence along with fines of up to $40,000. If the sale and distribution of marijuana involves a minor, the person will be ordered to spend 20 years in prison along with fines of up to $20,000.

Trafficking marijuana is also a felony offense in Maryland. According to the laws in the state, trafficking five to 45 kilograms of marijuana comes with a 10-year prison sentence along with fines of up to $10,000. If the amount of marijuana is more than 45 kilograms, the jail sentence is 25 years along with a fine of up to $50,000. If an accused person is found with a weapon at the time of trafficking, the jail sentence can range from a minimum of five years to 20 years. There are no fines in that case.

Source: NORML.org, "Maryland Laws & Penalties," accessed on Jan. 27, 2015

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