Within the past few years, several states have legalized the possession and use of marijuana. The federal government has even taken a step back in prosecuting such crimes. Communities throughout Michigan have also questioned the criminality of marijuana and have signed petitions in favor of legalizing it.
For example, marijuana activists in Lansing, Michigan organized and collected “1,600 signatures for a citywide ballot proposal that would remove criminal and civil penalties for adults who use or possess less than an ounce of marijuana on private property.”
Though the use of medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, individuals are still being prosecuted for the illegal possession and use of marijuana. Councilman Eric Mays was arrested and charged with 5 (five) misdemeanors in a drunken driving and marijuana possession case earlier this year. A Hillsdale man was also recently charged with the possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended.
Though the illegal possession of marijuana may seem petty to most, it is still a crime in Michigan and can result in serious penalties. I invite you to contact me if you or a loved one has been recently arrested and charged with the illegal possession of marijuana. Call 734-274-6567 to reach me directly. I provide legal representation to residents in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Do not enter a guilty plea without first speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Below I have briefly highlighted the penalties, fines, and sentencing that may arise if convicted of the illegal possession of marijuana in Michigan.
Illegal Possession of Marijuana Penalties & Sentencing
Being charged with the illegal possession of marijuana is a common criminal offense in the Ann Arbor area. The possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine. If you are charged with possessing marijuana near a park, you can face up to 2 years in prison and a $2,000 fine. Smoking marijuana, such as in a public place, can result to up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine.
Again, it is highly important to contact an attorney if charged with the illegal possession of marijuana. Though the crime has been decriminalized in several cities, a conviction will subject you to a possible jail time, court fees, and fines.