In Minnesota, much like other jurisdictions in the United States, the possession or sale of marijuana is illegal. The penalties associated with the crime vary depending on how much of the Schedule I drug that you’re found in possession of at the time of your arrest.
Individuals who are found in possession of 42.5 grams (g) or less of the drug will generally be charged with a misdemeanor. This also includes if they had 42.5 g or less and planned on selling it. They generally won’t face any potential jail time but will have to pay a mandatory $200 fine.
Those who possess between 42.5 g to 10 kilograms (kg) of the controlled substance will generally be charged with a felony. If convicted of such a crime, then they face up to five years in prison. They may also be assessed as much as $10,000 in fines. The same penalty applies if someone sells between 42.5 g and 5 kg of the drug as well.
Any person caught possessing between 10 kg and 50 kg of marijuana in Minneapolis or anywhere else in the state can be charged with a felony. If convicted, they may be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and have to pay fines as high as $250,000. Anyone who sells between 5 kg and 25 kg of the drug may also face the same fines and sentencing.
A defendant convicted of the felony offense of possessing between 50 kg and 100 kg of marijuana may be assessed as much as $500,000 in fines or have to spend 25 years in prison, or both. This is the same sentence and penalty that an individual may also face if they’re convicted of selling between 25 kg and 50 kg of marijuana.
Finally, anyone who sells over 50 kg or possesses over 100 kg of the drug may be charged with a felony. If convicted of the crime, then they may face up to 35 years in prison and be assessed up to $1.25 million in fines.
Individuals who cultivate, distribute the drug to or around kids or drive while they’re under the influence of it may be subject to stiffer penalties than others. A conviction for such a crime can affect your ability to qualify for student loans and other government programs.
An attorney can tell you about diversion sentencing programs that exist for first-time offenders. They can also advise you of other defense strategies that you can pursue in your case.