Possession of marijuana
is a criminal, arrestable offense. For
possession of an amount of one kilogram
(2.2 lbs) or less, the crime is a
misdemeanor, punishable by up to one
year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
For possession of any amount over one
kilogram, the crime is a felony,
punishable by 1 - 10 years in prison and
a fine of up to $5,000.
The sale, cultivation
or manufacture of marijuana is a felony
offense. If the amount is one kilogram
or less, the mandatory minimum sentence
is three years in prison and a fine of
up to $25,000. For an amount greater
than one kilogram but less than 100 lbs,
the sentence is a minimum of five years
in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
For an amount up to 500 lbs, the
sentence is a minimum of 15 years in
prison and a fine of up to $200,000. Any
amount of 1,000 lbs or greater is
punishable by life without the
possibility of parole.
The penalties for sale
of marijuana are enhanced if the sale
takes place within a three-mile radius
of a school or public housing project,
adding five years to the sentence for
the sale. Sale to minors (under 18) can
increase the penalty by 10 years to life
in prison, and no suspension or
probation can be granted to this
The possession or sale
of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor
punishable by up to one year in jail and
a fine of up to $2,000. If the
paraphernalia is sold to a minor at
least three years younger than the
seller, the penalty becomes a felony and
is punishable by 2 - 20 years in prison
and a fine of up to $10,000.
Any conviction for
possession, sale, manufacture or
cultivation also results in the
suspension of the offender's driver's
license for a period of six months.