Drug charges can carry serious penalties and consequences and stand in the way of the freedom and future of the accused individual. This is true of all different types of drug charges, including marijuana charges, which is why accused individuals should know how to handle the charges they are facing.
As is true of any criminal charges, it may be possible to challenge the charges the accused individual is facing with a strong criminal defense. Possession of even small amounts of marijuana can result in stiff penalties, including up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. In addition, potential penalties and consequences for a second marijuana possession charge can include fines as high as $100,000. Individuals accused of growing marijuana could face up to 17 years in prison and those facing charges of selling marijuana can face up to 17 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.