Some Michigan residents may find themselves breathing a sigh of relief to hear that the country seems to be moving toward a trend of decriminalizing marijuana use and possession. While the law may be trending this way, it is still critical for Michigan residents to realize that marijuana possession, sale and trafficking is still illegal. Although medical marijuana is legal, those who break these and other drug laws pertaining to marijuana can face pretty tough penalties that can drastically impact their future.
Marijuana possession is the least harsh amongst marijuana crimes, as to be expected. However, a conviction for marijuana possession can still carry a penalty of up to one year of incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000. Such a conviction can also mar a person's record, sending a ripple effect of negative consequences across their life.
Selling marijuana is penalized more strictly. In Michigan, it is considered a felony and, depending on the amount in question, an individual who is convicted of this drug charge may face up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. These penalties may be doubled if the alleged sale occurs in close proximity to a school or to a minor. Those who are accused of selling marijuana may also wind up facing federal charges if the sale occurs across state lines. These trafficking charges can utterly ruin an individual's life if not properly defended.
Michigan residents who are facing drug charges need to take the steps necessary to defend themselves as fully as possible. It is important to apply the law and the rules of evidence.
Source: FindLaw, "Michigan Marijuana Laws," accessed on Nov. 4, 2016