What is the Law Regarding Marijuana in Georgia?

While many people have moved towards the legalization of recreational marijuana, the state of Georgia has not. The possession, cultivation, sale, or delivery of the drug is illegal and can result in a drug crime conviction as a result. Individuals who have this on their record can face the lifelong consequences of a criminal record. If you are someone facing drug crime charges, it is important to retain the services of a Georgia criminal defense attorney who can fight to keep you out of jail. 

Marijuana Possession

Illegal possession of marijuana is a very serious offense in Georgia. Individuals who are caught possessing the drug may face the following consequences:

  • 1 ounce or less: Misdemeanor, up to 1 year of incarceration, $1,000 fine
  • More than 1 ounce: Felony, up to 10 years incarceration, $5,000 fine
  • 10 pounds or less: Felony, up to 10 years incarceration, $5,000 fine
  • 10-2,000 pounds: Felony, up to 30 years incarceration, $100,000 fine
  • 2,000-10,000 pounds: Felony, up to 30 years incarceration, $1,000,000 fine

In addition to this, it is important to know that possession within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, housing project, or drug-free zone can result in a felony charge. This comes with up to 40 years of incarceration as well as a $40,000 fine.

Sale or Delivery

The law also prohibits the sale or delivery of marijuana. Those who are found doing so may face the following penalties depending on the weight of the drug:

  • 10 pounds or less: A felony charge, up to 10 years incarceration, $5,000 fine
  • 10-2,000 pounds: A felony charge, up to 30 years incarceration, $100,000 fine
  • 2,000-10,000 pounds: A felony charge, up to 30 years incarceration, $250,000 fine
  • More than 10,000 pounds: A felony charge, up to 30 years incarceration, $1,000,000 fine

Similar to possession charges, selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, housing project, or a drug-free zone, can result in a felony charge. 

Cultivation

The cultivation or illegal growing of marijuana is also a serious crime that can result in the following penalties depending on the weight of the drug:

  • 10 pounds or less: Felony, up to 10 years incarceration, $5,000 fine
  • 10-2,000 pounds: Felony, up to 30 years incarceration, $100,000 fine
  • 2,000-10,000 pounds: Felony, up to 30 years incarceration, $250,000 fine
  • More than 10,000 pounds: Felony, up to 30 years incarceration, $1,000,000 fine

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