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Marijuana Charges = Serious Consequences

In Washington, the law recently changed so in some circumstances marijauana possession is legal.  Initiative 502 legalized the production, possession, delivery and distribution of marijuana. But it is not just a “free for all”.  The initiative regulates the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older.  Additionally, the measure made it illegal for a motorist to have more than 5 nanograms of THC (an active ingredient of marijuana) per milliliter of blood in their system – so you can still be charged with a Marijuana DUI.

The Cannabis laws in Washington State are ever-changing. Since the inception of this voter passed initiative, allowing a Compassionate Use Defense, in 1998, the law has gone through several changes.  Medical Cannabis under Chapter 69.51A has been legal for some time in Washington under the Compassionate Use Act. In 2011, the legislature changed the requirements for providing medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendations to qualifying patients by passing ESSB5073. Still, one thing remains the same: you can still be arrested and prosecuted for possessing cannabis – even if you are an authorized patient.

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Most people are unaware of the serious consequences of a marijuana or drug paraphernalia possession conviction.  Even a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge can carry a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine, not to mention loss of student financial aid.  Additionally, there are mandatory minimum sentences related to possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia – which increase with each conviction.  If you are a juvenile, your license will be revoked by Washington’s Department of Licensing.  Contact us at 509.491.3941 to preserve your rights.

In cases where larger amounts of marijuana involved, jail sentences increase and heavy fines ensue.  If you have been charged with  possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana – you may charged with felony possession of marijuana or in some cases even possession with intent to deliver.  Not every drug charge is the same – a number of factors influence the prosecution and the court in how it handles a particular case.

Synthetic marijuana or cannabis, sometimes known as “K2” “spice” and “Zombie weed” is also an illegal drug and considered extremely harmful. However, people continue to be unaware that even though stores are selling these drugs under the guise of herbal incense or in some cases bath salts – they are still illegal to possess and you may be charged with a felony for possessing these drugs in Washington.  (Parents pay close attention to what your kids are up to!)

Additionally, many crimes involving drugs can have an adverse affect on your immigration or nationalization in the United States.  If you have a drug charge pending or were contacted by police in relation to a marijuana charge, contact Azure Law Office in Kennewick to discuss your case 509.491.3941