Marijuana possession of one ounce or less is a misdemeanor that carries a one year jail sentence and a maximum fine of $1,000. If you possess more than one ounce, you will be charged with a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Intent to Sell, Deliver or Distribute
If you possess over a certain amount of marijuana, this could indicate that you intended to sell, deliver or distribute the drug, which is a felony. If convicted, the penalties will be assessed based on the amount of marijuana you possessed:
- 10 pounds or less
- One to 10 years in prison, $5,000 maximum fine
- 10 to 2,000 pounds
- Five to 30 years in prison, $100,000 maximum fine
- 2,000 to 10,000 pounds
- Seven to 30 years in prison, $250,000 maximum fine
- More than 10,000 pounds
- 15 to 30 years in prison, $1,000,000 maximum fine
The penalties and amounts are the same for the offense of manufacture or cultivation.
Marijuana possession with intent to distribute, sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, housing project, drug-free zone or park is an additional felony offense. If convicted, you could face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000.