Laws Regarding Marijuana Possesion In GeorgiaWritten on June 24, 2014
Marijuana possession isn’t legal in all 50 states, and it still isn’t legal in Georgia. Over the past few months, the news has been filled with stories regarding marijuana. Two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized marijuana. Twenty states, including Washington D.C., allow use for medical purposes.
In Georgia, marijuana is illegal for all possession and transport. A bill in the state senate earlier this year would have made the possession of cannabis oil legal. That is a substance harvested from marijuana plants and is primarily used to treat certain seizure disorders. The bill wasn’t passed by state lawmakers.
There are many groups that lobby for the legalization of marijuana around the country. Regardless of your personal opinions on the matter, it’s important to remember that if you are caught with marijuana in Georgia you will either be given a citation or go to jail. In counties like Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee you will almost always be taken to jail for any type of possession offense.
Marijuana laws in Georgia are divided into two main categories. Possessing less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor. That charge is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine and you may have your license suspended.
If you have more than an ounce in your possession, or you are charged with the intent to sell or distribute the marijuana, you may be sent to prison for up to 10 years, fined up to $100,000 and have your license suspended if convicted.
It’s far more common for people in this state to be charged with the misdemeanor offense. Any amount of marijuana you have on your person, in your home or in your car, including residue, can result in an arrest and a criminal record if you are convicted.
It’s not difficult for misdemeanor charges to quickly become felonies depending on the situation. Simply sharing a small quantity of marijuana with a friend could result in an “intent to sell or distribute” accusation. For some it’s difficult to imagine being charged with a felony for recreational marijuana use but it is a common occurrence in Georgia.
Any marijuana charge has the potential to land you in serious trouble. Everything from future employment to your driving privileges could be at stake. Effective legal counsel is a must if you are facing charges.
An attorney can ensure you are charged appropriately, your rights were protected as it relates to search and seizure and possibly have the case dismissed. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are on your side and here to help. For consultation and representation call 678-635-0334.