Pennsylvania Marijuana Laws
In Pennsylvania, possession of 30 grams of marijuana or less is a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Those charged with a first-time possession of marijuana charge may be eligible for conditional release, which means the person would be sentenced to probation for as long as a year as opposed to being forced to serve jail time. A Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney can help you seek the most appropriate resolution of your case under the circumstances.
Second or subsequent convictions may be punishable by a double jail time and/or fines.Sale or Distribution of Marijuana
Distribution of 30 grams or less of marijuana in Pennsylvania for no for personal use is a misdemeanor that is punishable by as many as 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
The sale of less than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in Pennsylvania is a felony punishable by up to three years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine. For those with a prior drug conviction, the mandatory sentence is three years, and the mandatory fine is $25,000.
It should be noted that the courts are authorized to increase the fines beyond that maximum.
The sale of two to 10 pounds of marijuana in Pennsylvania carries a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
However, it should be noted that these penalties are doubled if the conviction is a second or subsequent drug offense, or if the defendant sold to a minor. You should consult a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney if you are facing enhanced penalties.
Sale of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in Pennsylvania is a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
These penalties are doubled if the conviction is a second or subsequent drug offense or if the sale is to a minor.
Delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, or within 250 feet from a playground is punishable by two to four years in prison.
If you are 21 years old or older and you sold marijuana to a minor, the offense is a felony, and penalties are doubled if convicted.Cultivation
Possession of 10 to 21 marijuana plants is a felony - an offense that may be punishable by a mandatory one-year sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. If the conviction is a second, third, or further offence, the penalty may be multiplied by a factor of two.
Possession of 22 to 51 marijuana plants is a felony that may be punishable by a mandatory sentence of three years in jail and/or a fine of $15,000. If the defendant has been previously convicted of this offense, the penalty could be doubled. However, a Pennsylvania marijuana crime attorney can help you try to minimize the consequences.Hash & Concentrates
In Pennsylvania, possessing less than 8 grams of hashish or marijuana concentrate is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine no greater than $500 and/or a jail sentence of more than 30 days. Possessing more than 8 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine no greater than $5,000 and/or a jail sentence of no more than one year.
Manufacturing hashish or concentrates is a felony that carried a fine of no more than $15,000 and/or a jail sentence of no more than five years. Subsequent convictions are punishable by a fine of no more than $30,000 and/or a term of imprisonment no greater than 10 years.Paraphernalia
Possession and sale of drug paraphernalia in Pennsylvania are both misdemeanors that carry a penalty of as much as one year in jail and/or a fine of no more than $2,500. Delivering paraphernalia to a minor who is three or more years younger than the accused offender is a second-degree misdemeanor that carries a penalty of as many as two years in jail and/or fine of as much as $5,000. A marijuana crime lawyer in Pennsylvania can help you raise any of the defenses that may apply in your case.
If you are facing marijuana charges, call Pittsburgh’s best criminal defense attorneys to help you. Logue Law Group offers free consultations. 1-844-PITT-DUI or (412) 389-0805. We may be contacted online here. We serve Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas, including West Virginia and Ohio.