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Breaking Down California Misdemeanor & Felony Marijuana Charges

Californians have enjoyed the benefits of a legalized state for some time, but that doesn’t mean users have unlimited access with no consequences. Mark Raymond McDonald is here to discuss the potential marijuana-related charges Californians may face despite legalization.

Misdemeanor Charges

Adults can possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis under California law. If someone is caught in possession of more than these amounts, they can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

Additionally, adults can grow up to six plants for personal use, but someone caught growing more than six plants for personal use could face a misdemeanor.

Those caught selling marijuana without a state and local license may face a misdemeanor charge for possession with intent to sell.

Felony Charges

If someone has prior criminal convictions, the charges mentioned above could turn into felonies.

If someone is caught selling marijuana to a minor, he or she could face felony charges under California Health and Safety Code 11361 HS.

Federal Charges

The use of recreational marijuana is still federally illegal, which means federal officers can charge Californians for smoking pot. This is unlikely to happen in normal circumstances, but smoking marijuana on federal land (like national parks) could result in stiff penalties for the accused.

Have You Been Charged for a Marijuana-Related Crime?

If you or a loved one have been charged for a marijuana-related crime, Mark Raymond McDonald can help defend your rights! From state misdemeanors to federal charges, our firm works hard to defend your case.

Call (909) 443-1599 now for a free initial consultation concerning your drug charges!