Madison Marijuana Possession Lawyer
Understanding Mississippi's Marijuana Possession Laws
Although Mississippi is one of many states that has decriminalized marijuana possession for personal use, the state’s cannabis laws are unfairly enforced. African Americans are getting arrested for marijuana possession at a higher rate compared to their white counterparts. Unfortunately, a conviction can lead to costly fines and even jail time.
If you have been arrested for marijuana possession in the Jackson Metro Area, The Coon Law Firm, PLLC can fight the charges against you and help you avoid harsh criminal penalties. With nearly over a decade of experience and more than 500 criminal misdemeanor and felony cases handled in Mississippi, our Madison drug crime lawyer understands what it takes to obtain the most favorable outcome on behalf of our clients.
What are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, being found in possession of marijuana can lead to harsh penalties:
Simple marijuana possession is decriminalized for first-time offenders. Possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis is punishable by a maximum fine of $250.
A second conviction carries a maximum jail term of 60 days, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five days, and a fine of up to $250.
A third or subsequent conviction will result in a maximum 60-day jail sentence and a fine of no more than $1,000.
However, if up to 30 grams of pot is found in a vehicle, it is a misdemeanor offense that carries a jail term of up to 90 days and a maximum fine of $3,000. This means you could face misdemeanor charges on a first offense.
Possession of between 30 and 250 grams of cannabis is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of up to $3,000. Possession of between 250 and 500 grams of marijuana carries a prison term of up to eight years and a fine not exceeding $50,000.
Possession of between 500 grams and one kilogram is punishable by imprisonment for up to 16 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Possession of between one and five kilograms can result in imprisonment for up to 24 years and a fine of no more than $500,000. Lastly, possession of five kilograms or more is punishable by a maximum 30-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
Keep in mind that possession of larger amounts of marijuana could lead to marijuana sales and trafficking charges. Marijuana trafficking could bring federal charges, which are punishable by harsher penalties.
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In addition to the severe punishment associated with marijuana possession, having a conviction on your criminal record can haunt you forever, making it difficult to find a job, get housing, and live a normal life. That is why our Madison marijuana possession attorney can help you avoid serious penalties and get your life back on track.