|1 oz or less
|1 oz or less - failure to appear
|Display or use in public
||15 days additional
|1 to 8 oz
||6 - 18 months
||$500 - $5,000 ($600 surcharge)|
|More than 8 oz
||1 -3 years
||$1,000 - $100,000 ($1,125 surcharge)|
|Subsequent convictions over 1 oz could double penalties.|
Medical use permitted with no more than 2 oz, or 6 plants, physician recommendation and state registration.
16 - 48 hours community service required with diverted prison sentence.
|Sale or Cultivation|
|Less than 1 oz (without payment)
|Any amount (with payment)
||2 - 6 years
||$2,000 - $500,000 ($1,500 surcharge)|
|Transport more than 100 lbs
||8 - 24 years
||$5, 000 - $1,000,000|
|Transfer to a minor
||2 - 6 years
||$2,000 - $500,000|
|Sale within 1,000 feet of school or public housing
||8 - 24 years
||$10,000 - $1,000,000|
|Miscellaneous (paraphernalia, license suspensions, drug tax stamps, etc...)|
|Paraphernalia possession or sale
|Any felony conviction causes driver's license suspension for 1 year.|
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a petty offense. The offender receives a summons to appear in court, and upon a promise to appear in court, the offender is to be released from detention. The maximum penalty for a violation is $100. Failure to appear at the specified time and location results in the increase of the charges to a misdemeanor. Displaying or using the marijuana in public results in the added penalty of up to 15 days in jail. Possession of greater than one ounce is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6-18 months in jail and a fine of $500 - $5,000, plus a $600 surcharge. Possession of greater than 8 ounces of marijuana is a felony, punishable by 1 - 3 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 - $100,000 and a surcharge of $1,125. Generally, subsequent convictions of possession of over one ounce double the possible penalties.
Transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana for no consideration is considered possession and is punished as such. Any other transfer, sale, manufacture or cultivation is a felony, punishable by 2 – 4 years in prison and a fine of $2,000 - $500,000 and a $1,500 surcharge. Any transport of greater than 100 lbs. is punishable by 8 – 24 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 - $1,000,000. Any transfer to a minor is also a felony punishable by 2 – 4 years in prison and a fine of $2,000 - $500,000. Any sale within 1000 feet of a school or public housing area increases the penalties to 8 – 24 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 to $1,000,000.
Patients who possess written documentation from their physician recommending the use of marijuana and are registered with the state and issued an identification card may legally possess no more than two ounces of marijuana or no more than six marijuana plants.
Any convictions for drug offenses that involve diversion from the prison system require a mandatory 16 - 48 hours of community service.
Any felony convictions involving possession or sale of marijuana also result in the suspension of the offender's driver's license for a period of up to one year.
Possession or sale of paraphernalia is a petty offense punishable by a fine of up to $100.
The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion
sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually,
conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than
trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's
criminal record does not reflect the charge.
The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small
amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor
This state has medical marijuana laws
enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment
of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea,
spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite
stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties
may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.
* Data provided by NORML