What are the laws and penalties regarding marijuana possession?

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In my practice I am asked on a frequent basis what are the penalties regarding marijuana possession?

Marijuana-1114-thumb-200x282-thumb-200x282-thumb-200x282The penalties for marijuana possession are as follows:

Weight Classification Penalty

2 ounces or less: Class B misdemeanor; Not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $2,000.

More than 2 ounces, but less than 4 ounces: Class A misdemeanor; Not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $4,000.

More than 4 ounces, but less than 5 pounds: State jail felony; 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or a fine of not more than $10,000.

More than 5 pounds, but less than 50 pounds: Third-degree felony; 2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000

More than 50 pounds, but less than 2,000: Second-degree felony ; 2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000

More than 2,000 pounds: Enhanced first-degree felony; 5 to 99 years and a fine of not more than $50,000

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