With much of the discussion of marijuana involving the greater acceptance of the use of medical marijuana and the outright legalization of the substance in some states, may lead some to conclude that purchasing, using, and even selling marijuana is no big deal, and that they are unlikely to be subject to prosecution.
At least one man in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette has found out that is not the case. He was arrested and charged with running a drug operation from his home and faces one felony and four misdemeanor charges.
From the story, it sounds as though neighbors did not appreciate his operation and called the police, which included drug transactions that occurred in public. The police gathered evidence of the drug operation with a search warrant and collected cash, scales, plastic bags and 12.7 ounces of marijuana.
Even in states where marijuana has been legalized, there is always the potential for federal charges. The drug is still a, illegal Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substance Act (CSA) and has “no currently accepted medical use.”
In Illinois, you could be face up to a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail for simple possession. If like this man, you are charged with drug trafficking, you could face a fine of up to $25,000 and one to three years in jail.
While war on drugs has been intensely criticized in recent years, in many places it still rages on. Even in jurisdictions where enforcement and prosecutions are reduced, they can be unpredictable, idiosyncratic and subject to political whims.
These types of drug charges can have very damaging consequences, and no matter the circumstance of an arrest, require a vigorous defense.
Patch.com, “Wilmette Man Charged with Dealing Pot,” Tim Moran, May1, 2015