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PENALTIES FOR MARIJUANA AND COUNTERFEIT SUBSTANCES in ga


Penalties For Marijuana

Possession of Less Than an Ounce - Felony or Not
In most instances, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor.

OCGA 16-13-2

 However, it is quite possible to possess less than an ounce and still be guilty of a felony. For example, if you intend to distribute (sell) the marijuana, that would be a felony. Even sharing a joint with a friend could be construed as intent to distribute and bootstrap the charge to a felony offense.

Felony Possession of Marijuana
If you possess more than an ounce, sell, grow, or intend to distribute any quantity of marijuana, you can go to prison for up to ten years.

OCGA 16-13-30

Trafficking in marijuana can result in a mandatory minimum 5-15 year prison sentence and fines from $100,000 to $1,000,000, depending upon the quantity of marijuana.

OCGA 16-13-31

Penalties For Counterfeit Substances

If you purchase, possess you can get up to two years in prison, and if you sell or intend to distribute any counterfeit drug, you can go to prison for up to ten years.

OCGA 16-13-30
OCGA 16-13-78.2

Of course, a conviction for any of the above could result in the loss of State and/or Federal college financial aid. And of course there is always forfeiture of you property.

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