Marijuana Drug Crimes in Missouri
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 free case evaluation form to speak personally with a St. Louis criminal defense attorney about your options and how we can help.