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What are the Laws on Marijuana Possession?

In the state of Illinois, using, possessing, or manufacturing marijuana or cannabis is illegal under Cannabis Control Act and could lead to heavy fines and a possible jail or prison sentence depending on the amount of marijuana in your possession. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. You could be charged with a drug crime if you knowingly and intentionally have marijuana in your possession.

What penalties does the state enforce?

Even though many other states have moved to legalize either medical or recreational marijuana, it is still illegal in the state of Illinois. Since marijuana possession or any other associated use is prohibited, violators often face harsh penalties.

The following penalties are associated with marijuana possession:

  • Between Two and a half and 10 grams: Misdemeanor that carries between 30 days and 6 months in jail, as well as up to $1,500 in fines.
  • Between 10 to 5,000 grams: Felony that carries between 1 and 15 years in jail or prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

The consequences and repercussions involved with marijuana crimes increase depending on the amount and type of cannabis found to be in your possession.

Facing charges? You need legal counsel!

If you have been charged with possessing marijuana, it is crucial to consult with a seasoned drug crime attorney. Marijuana possession is a serious crime that could threaten your financial and physical freedom. It is important to receive sound legal guidance to help you receive the lowest possible penalties for you possession charges.

If you would like to receive my information regarding marijuana possession, contact the law offices of Martin & Kent, L.L.C. to speak with an experience DuPage County criminal defense lawyer.

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