Over the past few years, stances regarding marijuana have been changing drastically. Many states are moving toward legalization. While this is true, it is important that you do not assume you will not face legal trouble for possessing, growing, or selling marijuana. In Connecticut, you can face serious consequences when it comes to marijuana. As a result, it is important to know the potential consequences and what to do in the event that you are facing a drug charge in Connecticut.
What are the Consequences of Marijuana Possession?
The state of Connecticut has decriminalized first-time marijuana possession offenses. While this is true, it does not mean you cannot go to jail for possession of the drug. These consequences will depend on the amount that is in possession. This can include:
- Less than ½ ounce (first offense): Civil penalty, $150 fine
- Less than ½ ounce (second offense: Civil penalty, $500 fine
- More than ½ ounce: Misdemeanor, 1 year of incarceration, $2,000 fine
If a person is found in possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center, they can face imprisonment, a term of probation, and a community service requirement.
What are the Consequences of Selling or Growing Marijuana?
In Connecticut, the sale, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana are very serious crimes. Law enforcement works hard to combat these offenses, which is why there are significant consequences that come with their convictions. This can include the following:
- Less than 1 kilogram (first offense): Felony, 7 years incarceration, $25,000 fine
- Less than 1 kilogram (second offense): Felony, 15 years incarceration, $100,000 fine
- 1 kilogram or more (first offense): Felony, up to 20 years incarceration, $25,000 fine
- 1 kilogram or more (subsequent offense): Felony, up to 25 years incarceration, $100,000 fine
If you are charged with marijuana possession, or charged for selling or growing marijuana in Connecticut, you will need a strong legal team on your side. These charges are taken seriously and can result in serious consequences. Contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney. We are here to fight for you and explore all possible avenues of defense. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
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