In 1976, marijuana was largely decriminalized in Minnesota. This, however, does not mean that marijuana can be used freely. It is important to distinguish clearly between decriminalization and legalization, as they are two different things. Decriminalization means that an illegal act will be subject to much lower criminal charges. This often means that a person found in possession of a small amount of marijuana is more likely to be charged with a petty misdemeanor rather than a felony.
However, there can be times when those in possession of marijuana in Minnesota can face serious consequences. These consequences are usually attributed to those who are found to be in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.
When does marijuana possession become subject to serious consequences?
In Minnesota, if you are found in possession of 42.5 grams or less of marijuana, you are likely to only face a petty misdemeanor and a small fine. However, if you are found to be in possession of more than this amount, you could face jail time.
Those in possession of between 42.5 grams and 5 kilograms of marijuana will likely be charged with a felony and subject to up to five years in jail. They may also need to pay a fine of up to $5,000.
What are possible defenses to marijuana possession?
If you live in a shared home or apartment, you could argue that the amount of marijuana found was actually shared between two or more people and is not possessed singularly.
If you want to defend yourself against marijuana possession in Minnesota, it is important that you take action to understand your rights.