The conflicting relationship between marijuana and the law has become one
of the most debated topics throughout the nation. In the past several
years, marijuana activists have made huge progress in reforming laws regarding
the cultivation, use, and possession of marijuana. Today, 20 states and
the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes
and many jurisdictions throughout the country have decriminalized the
possession of small amounts of marijuana – including St. Louis.
Even more notably, Colorado and Washington passed measures to legalize
the recreational use of marijuana.
Big changes don't end there. Just recently, the U.S. Department of
Justice and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal
government would place less of an emphasis on
marijuana drug crime enforcement and that the federal government will not use resources to
prosecute marijuana crimes in the states that legalize its recreational use.
Changes have also been made in St. Louis. Currently, individuals who are
found to have small amounts of marijuana with no criminal record and no
drug crime convictions may be eligible to handle their case as a municipal
offense. Law enforcement agencies will have the discretion to not press
criminal charges. When this is the case, individuals may face penalties
similar to a traffic ticket, such as a $100 - $150 fine. These changes
to the law, coupled with changing social views and trends, are nothing
if not historical.
There are significant debacles in the marijuana debate, however; it is
still illegal under federal law. Additionally, the state of Missouri does
not have a medical marijuana program. For local residents, this means
that they can still be charged with various marijuana drug crimes, including:
- Delivery and sales
- Marijuana cultivation
As with most drug crime cases, charges and penalties can vary and can depend
on a number of circumstances, such as:
- The nature of the charge
- The amount of marijuana
- A defendant's criminal history
These factors can greatly impact a case. Large amounts of marijuana, for
example, can lead to increased fines and longer terms of imprisonment.
No matter what the allegations may be, anyone facing marijuana drug crime
allegations must be aware that they can potentially face serious criminal
penalties and a criminal record.
By working with a St. Louis drug crime lawyer from The Hammer Law Firm,
LLC you can gain the support and representation you need to protect your
future. Complete a
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