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Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Drug Charges: What You Need To Know

October 22nd, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Illinois has a new medical marijuana law that will go into effect January 1, 2014, providing individuals across the state with certain medical conditions the opportunity to obtain the drug to manage their medical concerns. There are still penalties in the state for growing, selling, or possessing the drug outside of particular circumstances linked to the medical marijuana law. If you’re facing charges for marijuana possession or sale, reach out to an Illinois criminal attorney for guidance.

Elgin Medical Marijuana LawyerThe Department of Public Health is responsible for determining the medical conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana. Dozens of conditions such as MS and HIV/AIDS are currently approved. There are 22 cultivation sites across the state, one for each state police district. Approved patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces twice per month (once every two weeks).

Outside of the approved scenarios for medical marijuana, there are still penalties in place for those found with marijuana or those selling it. For possession of 2.5 grams or less, you will face a misdemeanor with a possibility of 30 days in jail. Increasing amounts are linked to longer jail times and hefty fines.

Being linked to sale or trafficking of marijuana carries a different set of consequences. These crimes are categorized as misdemeanors for 10 grams or less, but beyond that you could face jail times of one year or more in addition to fines stretching between $25,000 and $200,000.

Likewise, cultivation and paraphernalia have their own set of rules. Less than five plants will lead to a misdemeanor cultivation charge with up to 1 year in jail, but longer jail times and high fines are connected with numerous plants or sale of paraphernalia. If you have been caught and accused of any of these crimes, don’t leave your future up to chance. Hire an Illinois criminal law attorney to assist you.

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