In the state of Minnesota, the use of marijuana for medical reasons is legalized, but you must have a qualifying medical condition — and have a prescription for the drug from your medical provider in order to avoid serious legal consequences.
This is true even if you have a legitimate medical condition that the marijuana helps.
If you are concerned about your legal liability over marijuana possession, it is important that you fully understand the way in which the law works — before you get into trouble.
The consequences of possession of marijuana
Possession of recreational marijuana (which means any quantity of the drug that’s obtained without a medical marijuana card) is still a serious crime.
If you are found to be illegitimately in possession of fewer than 42.5 grams of marijuana, you will likely be charged with a petty misdemeanor. This can lead to a fine of up to $200 and possibly a mandatory enrollment in a drug education program — at your expense.
If you are found with an excess of 42.5 grams but less than 10 kilograms, the consequences can be much more serious. You can be charged with a felony and could face jail time of up to 5 years. Depending on the prosecutor’s feelings on the matter, you could also be charged with drug trafficking — which could move you into federal court, where jail times and fines are even larger.
The importance of a good defense attorney
If you obtained marijuana for a medical condition without getting a prescription first and got caught, you need to be concerned about your future. The court won’t take mercy on you because of your condition.
Get legal help for your situation. Our office offers a strong legal defense for marijuana possession cases, no matter what the circumstances.