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Table 11c: Illegal Drugs: Marijuana

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ALABAMA 20-2-1, et seq.; 20-2-23 3 (j); 13A-12-210 to 215, 231(i) Personal use: Class A misdemeanor;
Subsequent offense or possession of marijuana for other than personal use: Class C felony
Class B felony; Class A for sale to minor;
Sale on school campus or within 3 mile radius: 5 yrs.
1 kilo-100 lbs: minimum 3 yrs. and mandatory $25,000;
100-500 lbs.: minimum 5 yrs. and mandatory $50,000;
500-1000 lbs.: minimum. 15 yrs. and mandatory $200,000;
Over 1000 lbs.: life without parole
ALASKA 11.71.010, et seq. To possess marijuana with reckless disregard that possession occurs within 500 feet of a school or recreation/youth center or on a school bus or to knowingly maintain storage or transportation facilities for keeping/distributing or to render a drug counterfeit or to possess 25 or more plants: Class C felony
ARIZONA 13-3401, 3405; 36-2501, et seq. Under 2 lb.: Class 6 felony;
2-4 lbs.: Class 5 felony;
4 lbs. and over: Class 4 felony; fine of not less than $750 or 3 times the value of the controlled substance, whichever is greater
Under 2 lbs.: Class 4 felony;
2-4 lbs.: Class 3 felony;
over 4 lbs.: Class 2 felony: fine of the greater of $750 or 3 times value of substance;
Sale within drug-free school zone: add 1 yr. to sentence and fine of $2000
Producing marijuana: less than 2 lbs.: Class 5 felony;
2-4 lbs.: Class 4 felony;
Over 4 lbs.: Class 3 felony;
Transporting/importing: less than 2 lbs.: Class 3 felony;
Over 2 lbs.: Class 2 felony
ARKANSAS 5-64-101, et seq. 1st offense: Class A misdemeanor;
2nd offense: Class D felony;
3rd offense: Class C felony
Delivery or intent to deliver marijuana is a Class C felony, 4-30 yrs., depending on the amount sold, and/or fine of $25,000 to $100,000; increased penalty within 1000 ft. of school 1 oz. possession of marijuana creates rebuttable presumption or intent to deliver

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CALIFORNIA Health & Safety §11000, et seq.; 11357, et seq.; §11362.5 medical use of marijuana Possession of any concentrated cannabis: prison in county jail up to 1 yr. or fine up to $500 or both;
Up to 28.5 grams: misdemeanor and fine of up to $100;
Over 28.5 grams: prison up to 6 months or fine up to $500 or both;
If over 18 and possession under 28.5 grams on grounds of school: misdemeanor and fine up to $500;
Under 18 and possession under 28.5 grams on grounds of school: misdemeanor and fine up to $250;
Second offense: up to $500 or up to 10 days in juvenile home program
Possession for sale: imprisonment in state prison 2-4 yrs. for transporting, selling, etc. If under 28.5 grams: misdemeanor and fine up to $100; Adults who give or sell to, hire or use, or induce a minor under 14 in transporting, selling, giving away, preparing or peddling any marijuana: state prison for 3, 5, 7 years; to a minor over 14: state prison for 3, 4, 5 years
COLORADO 18-18-101, et seq., 18-18-406 Under 1 oz.: Class 2 petty offense, $100 fine;
1-8 oz.: Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 5 felony with prior conviction;
Over 8 oz.: Class 5 felony or Class 4 felony with prior conviction;
Public use: Class 2 petty offense, $100 fine and 15 days
Class 4 felony (transferring under 1 oz. for no consideration is possession, not a dispensing offense);
Subsequent offense: Class 3 felony, fine up to $10,000;
Over 18 yrs. old selling to minor under 15: Class 4 felony, fine up to $5,000
CONNECTICUT 21a-278, 279 Under 4 oz.: 1 yr. and/or $1000;
Over 4 oz.: 5 yrs. and/or $2000;
Over 1 kilo: 5-20 yrs. to life;
Subsequent offense: Under 4 oz.: 5 yrs. and/or $3000;
Over 4 oz.: 10 yrs. and/or $5000; add 2 yrs. if within 1500 ft. of school or child day care center
Over 1 kilo: 5-20 yrs.;
Subsequent offense: 10-25 yrs.;
If sale within 1500 ft. of school or child day care center: additional mandatory 3 yrs.;
Sale to minor or person 2 yrs. junior: additional mandatory 2 yrs.; court may suspend mandatory minimum sentence if person is under 18 or lacks mental capacity

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DELAWARE Tit. 16 §4701, et seq.; 4753A Class A misdemeanor (If applicable, can be subject to First Offenders Controlled Substances Diversion Program §4764);
Knowingly making a purchase from a minor under 18: Class E felony. Purchasing from a minor under 16, 6 months no suspension, probation, parole. Seller is under 14 yrs. 1 year mandatory sentence
Class E felony: 5 yrs. and $1000 to $10,000 (more severe if near school §4767-68) 5 lbs. or more: class B felony; 5-100 lbs.: $25,000 and minimum 2 yrs.;
100-500 lbs.: $50,000 and minimum 4 yrs.;
Over 500 lbs.: $100,000 and minimum 8 yrs.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 48-901.02 et seq.; 48-904.01 et seq. Misdemeanor, up to 1 yr. and/or $1000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Crime with penalty of 1 yr. and/or $10,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties;
Within drug-free zone or sale to minor: up to twice the punishment
FLORIDA 893.13, et seq. 3rd degree felony;
Under 20 g.: 1st degree misdemeanor;
In excess of 25 lbs. is trafficking (1st degree felony)
3rd degree felony, unless less than 20 g. for no consideration, then 1st degree misdemeanor: penalty as in §§775.082, 083, 084;
Subsequent offense: 10 yrs.
All sentencing done pursuant to sentencing guidelines: 25-2000 lbs.: mandatory $25,000 and 3 yrs.;
2000-10,000 lbs.: mandatory $50,000 and 7 yrs.;
Over 10,000 lbs.: 15 yrs. and mandatory $200,000
GEORGIA 16-13-30, et seq. Over 10 lbs. is trafficking; possession at all is a felony with penalty of 1-10 yrs. Felony: 5-30 yrs. 10-2000 lbs.: 5 yrs. and mandatory $100,000;
2000-10,000 lbs.: 7 yrs. and mandatory $250,000;
Over 10,000 lbs.: 15 yrs. and mandatory $1,000,000

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HAWAII 329-14, et seq.; 712-1240, et seq. Possession of 25 or more marijuana plants or possession of 1 lb. or more of anything containing marijuana: Class C felony;
2 lbs. or more: Class B felony;
25 lbs. or more: Class A felony;
Possession of over 100 plants: Class A felony;
Distribution of any small amount or possession of any small amount: misdemeanor
Sale of any amount: Class C felony;
1 lb. or more: Class B felony;
5 lbs. or more: Class A felony
IDAHO 37-2701, et seq. Under 3 oz.: misdemeanor with penalty of up to 1 yr. or $1,000 or both;
Over 3 oz.: felony, 5 yrs. and $10,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalty
Felony: 5 yrs. and $15,000; Subsequent offense: double penalty 1 lb. or more or 25 plants or more: felony;
1-5 lbs. or 25-50 plants: mandatory 1 yr. and $5,000;
5-25 lbs. or 50-100 plants: mandatory 3 yrs. and $10,000;
25-100 lbs. or over 100 plants: mandatory 5 yrs. and $15,000;
Maximum number of yrs. 15 and maximum fine $50,000
ILLINOIS 720 ILCS 570/100, et seq., Uniform Controlled Substances Act; 720 ILCS 550/1, et seq. “Cannabis Control Act” Under 2.5 g.: Class C misdemeanor;
2.5-10 g.: Class B misdemeanor;
10-30 g.: Class A misdemeanor;
30-500 g: Class 4 felony;
500-2,000 g.: Class 3 felony;
2,000-5,000 g.: class 2 felony;
>5,000 g.: class 1 felony;
Subsequent offense: 10-30 g.: Class 4 felony;
30-500 g.: Class 3 felony;
Producing plants: 1-5: Class A misdemeanor;
5-20: Class 4 felony;
20-50: Class 3 felony;
Over 50: Class 2 felony with fine up to $100,000
Under 2.5 g.: Class B misdemeanor;
2.5-10 g.: Class A misdemeanor;
10-30 g.: Class 4 felony;
30-500 g.: Class 3 felony and up to $50,000 fine;
500-2,000 g.: Class 2 felony for which a fine not to exceed $100,000 may be imposed; 2,000-5,000 g.: class 1 felony and up to $150.000; >5,000 g.: class X felony and up to $200,000;
Enhanced penalties for sale to person 3 yrs. junior or on school grounds
Over 2500 g. is trafficking: penalty is double that of sale

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INDIANA 35-48-2-1, et seq.; 35-48-4-10, 11 Under 30 g.: Class A misdemeanor;
Over 30 g.: Class D felony;
Subsequent offense: Class D felony
Class A misdemeanor; 10 lbs. or more or delivered on school property or bus or within 1000 feet of either: Class C felony;
Class C felony: 10 lbs or more on a school bus;
Sale of 30 g. to 10 lbs. and recipient a minor and person has prior conviction involving marijuana: Class D felony
IOWA 124.101, et seq. Under 50 kg.: Class D felony, fine $1000 to $5000;
50 to 100 kg.: Class C felony, fine $1000 to $50,000;
100 to 1000 kg.: Class B felony, $5000 to $100,000;
Over 1000 kg.: Class B felony with penalty of up to 50 yrs. and $1,000,000;
Subsequent offense: triple penalties; more severe penalties for distribution to minor or to person 3 yrs. younger
KANSAS 65-4101, et seq. Class A nonperson misdemeanor;
Subsequent offense: Level 4 felony
Level 3 felony;
Sell within 1000 ft. of school or to minor: Level 2 felony
KENTUCKY 218A.010, et seq. Class A misdemeanor (includes less than 5 plants); over 5 plants: Class D felony Under 8 oz.: Class A misdemeanor;
Subsequent offense: Class D felony;
8 oz. to 5 lbs.: Class D felony;
Subsequent offense: Class C felony
Over 5 lbs.: Class C felony;
Subsequent offense: Class B felony;
Possession of over 8 oz. is prima facie evidence of intent to sell
LOUISIANA §40:961, et seq. Up to 6 mos. in parish jail and/or up to $500;
Second conviction of this amount: up to 5 yrs. and/or up to $2000;
Subsequent convictions: up to 20 yrs;
60-2000 lbs.: 10-60 yrs. hard labor and $50,000 to $100,000;
2000-10,000 lbs.: 20-80 yrs. hard labor and $100,000 to $400,000;
Over 10,000 lbs.: 50-80 yrs. hard labor and $400,000 to $1,000,000

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MAINE Tit. 17A §1101, et seq. Over 1 lb. creates presumption of trafficking: Class E crime Over 1.25 oz. creates presumption of furnishing: Class D crime Class D crime;
Possession of over 1 lb. or over 100 plants: Class C crime;
Over 20 lbs. or over 500 plants: Class B crime
MARYLAND Art. 27 §276, et seq. 1 yr. and/or $1,000;
Bringing 100 or more lbs. into state is felony with penalty of up to 25 yrs. and/or fine up to $50,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Felony with penalty of 5 yrs. and/or fine of $15,000;
50 lbs. or more: felony with not less than 40 yrs.;
Subsequent offense: double penalties, mandatory 2 yrs.
If “drug kingpin”: 20-40 yrs. and/or $1,000,000 fine
MASSACHUSETTS Ch. 94c §1, et seq. 6 months and/or $500;
Subsequent offense: 2 yrs. and/or $2000;
Over 50 lbs. is trafficking
1-2 yrs. and/or $500 to $5000;
Subsequent offense: 1-2.5 yrs. and/or $1000 to $10,000
50-100 lbs.: 2.5-15 yrs and $500 to $10,000;
100-2000 lbs.: 3-15 yrs. and $2500 to $25,000;
2000-10,000 lbs.: 5-15 yrs. and $5000 to $50,000;
Over 10,000 lbs.: 10-15 yrs. and $20,000 to $200,000
MICHIGAN 333.7401, et seq.; 333.7212 Misdemeanor with penalty of 1 yr. and/or $2000 Felony:
less than 5 kg. or 20 plants: up to 4 yrs. and/or $20,000;
5-45 kg. or 20-200 plants: up to 7 yrs. and/or $500,000;
Over 45 kg. or over 200 plants: up to 15 yrs. and/or $10,000,000;
Sale to minor or near school property: up to double penalties
MINNESOTA 152.01, et seq. Small amount: petty misdemeanor $200 and maybe drug education program;
10+ kg.: up to 20 yrs. and/or $250,000;
50-100 kg.: up to 25 yrs. and/or $500,000;
100+ kg.: up to 30 yrs. and/or $1,000,000;
Subsequent offense: depends on level of prior offense; if misdemeanor, may be required to participate in chemical dependency evaluation and treatment
Any small amount for sale: up to 5 yrs. and/or $10,000;
Small amount without remuneration: petty misdemeanor with fine of up to $200 and maybe drug education program;
5+ kg.: up to 20 yrs. and/or $250,000;
25+ kg.: up to 25 yrs. and/or $500,000;
50+ kg.: up to 30 yrs. and/or $1,000,000;
5 kg. or more in school or park or public housing zone: up to 25 yrs. and/or $500,000

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MISSISSIPPI 41-29-101, et seq.; 41-29-139 5 kg.: 10–30 yrs. and up to $1 million Under 1 oz.: up to 3 yrs. and/or $3000;
First-time offender with over 1 oz. but less than 1 kg.: up to 20 yrs. and/or $30,000;
Over 1 oz.: up to 30 yrs. and/or $5,000 to $1,000,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Anyone over 21 selling 10 lbs. or more of marijuana during any 12 month period shall have life in prison without suspension/parole
MISSOURI 195.010, et seq. Under 35 g.: Class A misdemeanor;
Over 35 g.: Class C felony;
Subsequent offense: subject to prior & persistent offenders statute §195.295
Less than 5 g.: Class C felony;
More than 5 g.: Class B felony;
Subsequent offense: subject to prior & persistent offenders statute §195.295;
Distribution to minor 17 years old or 2 yrs. junior: Class B felony;
Within 2000 ft. of school or public housing: Class A felony
Trafficking drugs 1st degree: Distribution /attempt to deliver: 30-100 kg.: Class A felony;
100+ kg.: term of prison for Class A felony without parole;
Trafficking in 2nd degree: Buying/attempt to purchase: 30-100 kg.: Class B felony;
100+ kg. or over 500 plants: Class A felony
MONTANA 45-9-101, et seq.; 50-32-101, et seq. Under 60 g.: misdemeanor with penalty of 6 months in county jail and fine of $100 to $500;
Subsequent offense: $1000 fine and 1 yr. in county jail or up to 3 yrs. in state penitentiary
1 yr. to life and $50,000;
Subsequent offense: 2 yrs. to life and $50,000;
Offense of criminal sale of dangerous drugs on or near school property: 3 years to life and/or $50,000 fine
Criminal production/manufacture: Less than 1 lb. or 30 plants: up to 10 yrs. and $50,000;
Over 1 lb. or 30 plants: 2 yrs. to life and/or $50,000;
Subsequent offense: up to double penalties

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NEBRASKA 28-401, et seq. Under 1 oz.(if first offense): Citation, $100, and attend a course;
2nd offense: Citation, $200, up to 5 days in jail, and Class IV misdemeanor;
3rd offense: Class IIIA misdemeanor, $300, and up to 7 days jail
Over 1 oz.: Class IIIA misdemeanor;
Over 1 lb.: Class IV felony
1 oz.-1 lb.: Class IIIA misdemeanor;
Over 1 lb.: Class IV felony
NEVADA 453.011, et seq.; NAC 453.510 For someone under 21: 1-6 yrs. and $2000 or 1 yr. in county jail; $1000 and 6 mos. driver’s license suspension (same for 2nd and 3rd offenses);
For someone over 21: up to 1 yr. and up to $1000;
Subsequent offense: 1-6 yrs. and $5000
1-10 yrs. and up to $10,000;
2nd offense: 2-15 yrs. and up to $15,000;
3rd offense: 5-20 yrs. and up to $20,000
100-2000 lbs.: 3-20 yrs. and maximum $25,000;
2000-10,000 lbs.: 2-10 yrs. and minimum $50,000;
Over 10,000 lbs.: 15 yrs. to life and minimum $200,000
NEW HAMPSHIRE 318-B:1, et seq. Misdemeanor (class A) Under 1 oz.: up to 3 yrs. and/or $25,000;
1 oz. to 5 lbs.: up to 7 yrs. and/or $100,000;
Over 5 lbs.: up to 20 yrs. and/or $300,000;
Subsequent offense: Under 1 oz.: up to 6 yrs. and/or $50,000;
1 oz. to 5 lbs.: up to 15 yrs. and/or $200,000;
Over 5 lbs.: up to 40 yrs. and/or $500,000
NEW JERSEY 24:21-1, et seq.; 2C:35-2, et seq. Under 50 g.: disorderly person and 100 hrs. of community service (if within 1000 ft. of school);
Over 50g.: 4th degree crime, $25,000
Less than 1 oz.: 4th degree crime;
1 oz. to 5 lbs.: 3rd degree crime, up to $15,000;
5–25 lbs.: 2nd degree crime;
Over 25 lbs.: 1st degree
Leader of narcotics trafficking network: life (25 year minimum before parole) and/or $500,000
NEW MEXICO 30-31-1, et seq. Under 1 oz.: petty misdemeanor, 15 days and $50-$100;
1-8 oz.: misdemeanor, 1 yr. and $100-$1000;
Over 8 oz.: 4th degree felony;
Subsequent offense: Under 1 oz.: misdemeanor, 1 yr., $100-$1000
4th degree felony;
If over 100 lbs., 3rd degree felony;
Subsequent offense: 3rd degree felony;
If over 100 lbs.: 2nd degree felony;
Higher penalties if in drug-free school zone

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NEW YORK Penal §220, et seq.; Pub. Health §3306, 3307 Under 25g: $100;
Over 25 g. or public use: Class B misdemeanor;
Over 2 oz.: Class A misdemeanor;
Over 8 oz.: Class E felony;
Over 16 oz.: Class D felony;
Over 10 lbs.: Class C felony;
Subsequent offense: Under 25 g.: $200;
Third offense: $250 and 15 days
Under 2 g. or 1 cigarette: Class B misdemeanor;
Under 25 g.: Class A misdemeanor;
Over 25 g.: Class E felony;
Over 4 oz. or sale to a minor: Class D felony;
Over 16 oz.: Class C felony
NORTH CAROLINA 90-86, et seq. Class 3 misdemeanor;
Over .5 oz.: Class 1 misdemeanor, $100 fine;
Subsequent offense over .5 oz.: Class I felony
Over 1.5 oz.: Class I felony;
Class I felony but not when under 5 g. for no consideration 10-50 lbs.: Class H felony, 25-30 mos. and/or $5000;
50-2000 lbs.: Class G felony, 35-42 mos. and/or $25,000;
2000-10,000 lbs.: Class F felony, 70-84 mos. and/or $50,000;
Over 10,000 lbs.: Class D felony, 175-219 mos. and/or $200,000
NORTH DAKOTA 19-03.1-01, et seq. Under .5 oz.: Class B misdemeanor;
Under 1 oz.: Class A misdemeanor (may be expunged from record if no further conviction for 2 yrs.);
Under .5 oz. while operating a motor vehicle: Class A misdemeanor
Class B felony;
100 lbs. or more: Class A felony;
Delivery to a minor by an 18 year old.
OHIO 2925.01, et seq.; 3719.01, et seq. Under 20 g. and gift: minor misdemeanor;
Subsequent offense: misdemeanor of 3rd degree;
Under 100 g.: minor misdemeanor;
100-200 g.: 4th degree misdemeanor;
200-1000 g.: 5th degree felony;
1000-5000 g.: 3rd degree felony;
5000-20,000 g.: 3rd degree felony with presumption of prison term;
over 20,000 g.: 2nd degree felony
5th degree felony;
200-1000 g.: 4th degree felony;
1000-5000 g.: 3rd degree felony;
5000-20,000 g.: 3rd degree felony with presumption of prison term;
Over 20,000 g.: 2nd degree felony;
Stricter penalties if sale within 1000 ft. of school or 100 ft. of juvenile

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OKLAHOMA Tit. 63 §2-101, et seq. Misdemeanor with penalty of up to 1 yr. or fined $10,000;
Subsequent offense: felony, 2-10 yrs.
Fine not to exceed $25,000;
Within 1000 feet of school or in presence of child under 12: up to double penalties;
subsequent offense: up to triple penalties
Felony, 2-10 yrs. and/or up to $5000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Between 25-1000 lbs.: $25,000 to $100,000;
Over 1000 lbs.: $100,000 to $500,000
OREGON Chapter 475 Less than 1 oz.: $500-$1000 110-150 g.: commercial drug offense if over $300 cash, firearm, packaging materials, customer list, stolen property, or using public lands;
Over 150 g.: Category 6 crime
Class B felony (Category 8 if over 150 g.);
5 g.-1 oz.: Class A misdemeanor;
less than 5 g.: $500-$1000 fine;
Within 1000 ft. of school: Class C misdemeanor
PENNSYLVANIA Tit. 35 §780-101, et seq. Under 30 g.: misdemeanor, 30 days and/or $500;
Over 30 g.: misdemeanor, 1 yr. and/or $5000
Subsequent offense over 30g.: 3 yrs. and/or $25,000
Over 1000 lbs.: felony, up to 10 yrs. and/or $100,000 or enough to recoup drug profit;
Subsequent offense or sale to minor: double penalties
RHODE ISLAND 21-28-1.01, et seq. Misdemeanor, up to 1 yr. and/or $200 to $500;
1-5 kg.: 10-50 yrs. and/or $10,000-$500,000
Over 5 kg.: 20 yrs. to life and $25,000 to $1,000,000
1-5 kg.: 10-50 yrs. and/or $10,000-$500,000
Over 5 kg.: 20 yrs. to life and $25,000 to $1,000,000;
Sale within 300 yds. of school: double penalties;
Sale to minor or person 3 yrs. junior: minimum 2-5 yrs. and $10,000
SOUTH CAROLINA 44-53-110 Misdemeanor: up to 6 mos. and/or $1000;
Subsequent offense: misdemeanor, 1 yr. and/or $2000
Under 1 oz.: 30 days and/or $100 to $200;
Over 1 oz.: Prima facie guilty of sale;
Subsequent offense under 1 oz.: 1 yr. and/or $200 to $1000
Felony: up to 5 yrs. and/or $5,000;
Subsequent offense: felony, up to 10 yrs. and/or $10,000;
Third offense: felony, 5-20 yrs. and/or $20,000;
Sale to minor: misdemeanor, up to 10 yrs. and $10,000
10-100 lbs.: 1-10 yrs. and $10,000;
2nd offense: 5-20 yrs and $15,000;
Subsequent offense: mandatory 25 yrs. and $25,000;
100-2000 lbs. or 100-1000 plants: mandatory 25 yrs. and $25,000;
2000-10,000 lbs. or 1000-10,000 plants: mandatory 25 yrs. and $50,000;
Over 10,000 lbs. or over 10,000 plants: 25-30 yrs. and $200,000

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SOUTH DAKOTA 22-42-6, et seq.; 34-20B-1 to 114 Under 2 oz.: Class 1 misdemeanor;
2 oz. to .5 lb.: Class 6 felony;
.5 to 1 lb.: Class 5 felony;
1to 10 lbs.: Class 4 felony;
Over 10 lbs.: Class 3 felony;
May be civil penalty for violation up to $10,000 in any of the above cases
Under .5 oz. or without consideration: Class 1 misdemeanor;
Under 1 oz.: Class 6 felony;
1 oz.-.5 lb.: Class 5 felony;
.5-1 lb.: Class 4 felony;
Over 1 lb.: Class 3 felony;
Sale to a minor: Class 4 felony;
Sale in drug-free zone: Class 4 felony, minimum 5 yrs.
Also may be civil penalty up to $10,000 in any of above cases;
All felonies: mandatory 30 days without suspension;
Subsequent offense: mandatory 1 yr.
TENNESSEE 39-17-401, et seq. Possession or casual exchange of: Less than .5 oz.: Class A misdemeanor and attendance at drug offender school and minimum $250 fine; Casual exchange to a minor from an adult 2 yrs. his senior and adult knows minor is a minor: felony;
Subsequent offense: $500 minimum; Third: $750 minimum; Two or more prior convictions, then Class E felony;
20 plants to 99 plants: Class C felony, fined up to $100,000.
.5 oz. to 10 lbs.: Class E felony and/or $5000;
10 lbs. + 1 g. to 70 lbs.: Class D felony and/or $50,000;
70 lbs. + 1 g.: Class B felony and/or $200,000;
Over 700 lbs.: Class A felony and/or $500,000;
Sale to minor under 18 or in drug-free zone: one class higher than amount required;
Minimum penalty amounts: 1st drug felony offense: $2000;
2nd: $2500; 3rd: $3000
TEXAS Health & Safety §481.032, et seq. Under 2 oz.: Class B misdemeanor;
2-4 oz.: Class A misdemeanor;
4 oz. to 5 lbs.: State jail felony;
5-50 lbs.: 3rd degree felony;
50-2000 lbs.: 2nd degree felony;
Over 2000 lbs.: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice institution for life or 5-99 yrs. and $50,000
.25 oz. or less: Class B misdemeanor (if no remuneration);
.25 oz. or less: Class A misdemeanor (with remuneration);
.25 oz. to 5 lbs.: state jail felony;
5 lbs. to 50 lbs.: 2nd degree felony;
50-2000 lbs.: 1st degree felony;
Over 2000 lbs.: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice institution for life or 10-99 yrs. and/or $100.000;
Delivery to minor under 17 who is enrolled in school and over .25 oz.: 2nd degree felony;
Within drug-free zone: penalties doubled

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UTAH 58-37-1, et seq. Under 1 oz.: Class B misdemeanor;
1-16 oz. not yet extracted from plant: Class A misdemeanor;
Over 1 lb.-100 lbs.: 3rd degree felony;
Over 100 lbs.: 2nd degree felony;
Subsequent offense: one degree greater penalty than provided for
3rd degree felony; subsequent offense: 2nd degree felony;
Within 1000 ft. of school or sale to a minor: one degree more than provided except 1st degree felony is 5 yrs. mandatory
VERMONT Tit. 18§4230 Under 2 oz. and/or less than 3 plants: up to 6 months and/or $500;
More than 2 oz. and/or more than 3 plants: up to 3 yrs. and/or $10,000;
More than 1 lb. or more than 10 plants: up to 5 yrs. and/or $100,000;
More than 10 lbs. or more than 25 plants: up to 15 yrs. and/or $500,000;
Subsequent offense: Under 2 oz.: up to 2 yrs. and/or $2000
Under .5 oz.: 2 yrs. and/or $10,000;
.5 oz.-1 lb.: up to 5 yrs. and/or $100,000;
More than 1 lb.: up to 15 yrs. and/or $500,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
(Permissive Inference) 50 lbs or more with intent to sell: up to 30 yrs. and or $1 million
VIRGINIA 54.1-3445, 18.2-247 Misdemeanor, jail up to 30 days and/or $500;
Subsequent offense: Class 1 misdemeanor
Up to .5 oz.: Class 1 misdemeanor;
.5 oz.-5 lbs.: Class 5 felony;
Over 5 lbs.: 5-30 yrs.;
Proof that person gave drug only as an accommodation not for remuneration or to induce him to become addicted shall be guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor;
Sale to minor or within 1000 ft. of school: stricter penalties
WASHINGTON 69.50.101, et seq. Up to 5 yrs. and/or $10,000;
40 g. or less is misdemeanor;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Less than 40 g.: misdemeanor, up to 5 yrs. in correctional facility and $10,000;
Subsequent offense: up to double penalties;
Unlawful delivery of controlled substance used by person delivered to and resulting in user’s death: deliverer guilty of controlled substance homicide: Class B felony
WEST VIRGINIA 60A-1-101 to 8-13 Misdemeanor, 90 days-6 mos. and/or $1000;
Court may mitigate first offense of under 15 g.;
Subsequent offense: double penalties
Felony, 1-5 yrs. and/or $15,000;
Subsequent offense: double penalties;
Sale to minor or within 1000 ft. of school: mandatory 2 yrs.
Transport into state with intent to deliver: felony, 1-5 yrs. and/or $15,000

Table 11c: Illegal Drugs: Marijuana—Continued

Marijuana laws Information on the law about Marijuana Table 11c: Illegal Drugs: Marijuana State Code Section Possession Sale Trafficking ALABAMA 20-2-1, et

How many ounces are in a pound of weed?

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  1. Breaking down the pound
  2. How many ounces are in a pound of weed?
  3. How to tell if you’re getting a pound of cannabis
  4. The more you know about how cannabis is measured, the more empowered you are

Some people like to buy weed a gram or two at a time. Other people like to buy in larger quantities — quarters, halves, ounces — to ensure they have plenty of weed on hand whenever they want to consume. And still other people, like cannabis buyers and dispensary owners, need to buy in bulk — and for bulk weed buying, the measurement of choice is pounds.

Now, the typical cannabis consumer can’t walk into a dispensary and buy a pound of weed; there are limits to how much cannabis consumers can legally buy at once. But on the business side, it’s not uncommon for a dispensary to buy in pounds to keep up with demand.

For example, if a strain is selling well in a high-traffic dispensary, it makes much more sense for the product buyer to order in pounds to make sure there’s plenty of flower on hand for their customers instead of ordering in smaller quantities and selling out almost immediately.

But what does a pound of weed even look like? How is it measured? And how many ounces are in a pound of weed?

Breaking down the pound

Before we start diving into units of measurement and how many ounces are in a pound of weed, let’s quickly touch base on what a pound of weed is.

A pound (which can be abbreviated as lb.) is a weight unit; it’s a way to measure the weight of an object (in this case, cannabis). Interestingly, while pounds are a popular unit of measurement in the United States, they’re almost unheard of elsewhere in the world. The vast majority of countries use the metric system — and other than the U.S., there are only two other countries that reject the metric system (Myanmar and Liberia).

A pound of weed weighs the same amount as any other pound, from a pound of body fat to a pound of sugar to a one-pound hand weight you use at the gym — the only difference is what the pound is measuring.

How many ounces are in a pound of weed?

As mentioned, you can’t walk into a dispensary and buy a pound of weed — so weed isn’t measured by the pound in retail location. Instead, it’s measured in ounces. Or, in many cases, fractions of ounces.

Weed is typically measured in ounces and there are 16 ounces in a single pound of weed. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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There are 16 ounces (or 448 grams) in a single pound of weed. So, if you walked into a dispensary and purchased an ounce of weed, you’d be getting 1/16 of a pound.

But even though an ounce is only 1/16 of a pound, it’s still considered a high quantity of cannabis — which is why it’s also common to see weed measured as fractions of an ounce. Typically, there are three fractions of an ounce that are used to measure and sell weed — an eighth, a quarter, and a half.

There are three fractions of an ounce that are used to measure and sell weed — an eighth, a quarter, and a half. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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An eighth of weed is ⅛ of an ounce, a quarter of weed is ¼ of an ounce, and a half of weed is ½ of an ounce. When you break that down into pounds, it gets even smaller. A half of weed is 1/32 of a pound, a quarter of weed is 1/64 of a pound, and an eighth is 1/128 of a pound.

Obviously, no one is going to walk into a dispensary and ask for 1/128 or 1/64 of a pound of weed; those metrics don’t make sense — which is why from a consumer standpoint, using ounces (and fractions of ounces) is a much more logical unit to measure weed.

But the opposite is also true. A dispensary owner isn’t going to call a buyer and say “I need 320 ounces of weed” or “Can I place an order for 1280 quarters?” They’re going to say “Let me get 20 pounds of weed, please.” When you’re dealing with a high volume of cannabis, measuring in pounds just makes sense.

How to tell if you’re getting a pound of cannabis

The only way to know how much your weed actually weighs — whether in pounds, ounces, or smaller units, like a gram — is to weigh it on a scale. The wide variations in the shape, size, and density of flower makes it impossible to accurately determine how much weed you’re dealing with just by looking at it. So if you want to truly know how many ounces are in your pound, your only option is to weigh it out.

If you’re weighing out a single pound of weed, you should plan to use a scale that’s designed to accurately measure smaller weights; typically, a scale meant for larger weights (like a bathroom scale) isn’t going to be completely accurate to the ounce. If your weed is packaged, you’ll also want to take into account the weight of the packaging; if the packaging weighs an ounce, you need to subtract that off of your total weight to get an accurate reading on how many ounces of weed are actually in that pound.

The point is, if you want to know how many ounces of weed are in your pound, you need to weigh it, and you need to weigh it with a scale that’s going to give you accurate results down to a fraction of a gram.

The more you know about how cannabis is measured, the more empowered you are

Unless you work in the cannabis industry, you’re probably not going to purchase an entire pound of weed, at least not with the laws the way they stand today. But understanding how many ounces are in a pound of weed can help give you a better understanding of how weed is measured — and the more you know, the more informed decisions you can make when it comes to purchasing weed.

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