Marijuana is probably one of the most common drugs that people in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and surrounding areas are caught with by police. Below are the penalties for possession, cultivation, or sale of marijuana in Virginia.
Possession of marijuana
- Any amount, first offense: misdemeanor, possible 30 days in jail, $500 fine
- Any amount, later offenses: misdemeanor, possible 1 year in jail, $2,500 fine
Cultivation of marijuana
- Any amount, any offense: felony, five to thirty years in jail, $10,000 fine
Sale of marijuana
- Half ounce or les: misdemeanor, possible one year in jail, $2,500 fine
- Half ounce to five pounds: felony, one to ten years in jail, $2,500 fine
- Five pounds to 100 kg: felony, five to thirty years in jail, $2,500 fine
- Over 100kg: felony, twenty years mandatory minimum sentence, $1,000,000 fine
- Sale to a minor: felony, 10 to 50 years in jail, $100,000 fine
- Sale within 1,000 feet of a school or other specified area: felony, one to five years in jail, $100,000 fine
- Brining five pounds or more into Virginia with the intent to sell: felony, three years mandatory minimum sentence to forty years, $1,000,000 fine
Sale of marijuana paraphernalia
- Sale of paraphernalia: misdemeanor, one year in jail, $2,500 fine
- Sale of paraphernalia to a minor: felony, one to five years in jail, $2,500 fine
In addition, any marijuana conviction in Virginia will result in a six month driver’s license suspension.
As you can see from the penalties listed above, being convicted of marijuana possession, cultivation, or sale can lead to some very serious consequences. This is why it is very important for you to have a skilled, determined criminal defense attorney on your side if you are charged with one of these crimes.
Protect your rights, your future, and your freedom: please contact Tavss Fletcher in Virginia or North Carolina today to discuss your case with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.
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