Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana
While being convicted of any scheduled drug violation is a serious offense, possession of a small amount of marijuana is classified as a separate crime in Pennsylvania. While the penalties associated with possession of a small amount of marijuana are slightly less harsh than those for other drug crimes, a conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana in Pennsylvania can result in jail time, fines, a criminal record, and a driver’s license suspension.
Conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana, rather than possession of a controlled substance, depends on the weight of the drug involved and whether there was an apparent intent to sell it.
Pennsylvania law, under 35 P.S. 780-113(a)(31), defines possession of a “small amount” of marijuana to include:
the possession of a small amount of marijuana only for personal use;
the possession of a small amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute it, but not to sell it; or
the distribution of a small amount of marijuana, but not for sale
Additionally, thirty (30) grams of marijuana or eight (8) grams of hashish is considered a small amount of marijuana for purposes of this subsection of PA law.
At the Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray, my criminal defense team understands that even possession of a small amount of marijuana and other lower-level drug charges can be an extremely scary experience. Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Mark Wray is well versed in U.S. and Pennsylvania laws regarding marijuana possession and he will take the time to gain a thorough understanding of the details of your case and will walk you through each stage of your criminal proceeding, always keeping you informed of your available options.
The police and prosecutors in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties take different approaches towards disposing of small amount of marijuana arrests and you want an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows what each jurisdiction is likely to do before you walk into court.