Defense Attorney for Marijuana Crimes in Las Vegas
Despite the prevalence of marijuana in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities, most marijuana is still illegal in the state of Nevada. Individuals who are charged with marijuana-related crimes face fines and jail time even for simple possession, and more serious trafficking crimes can result in life imprisonment and fines of up to $200,000.
If you are facing marijuana charges, you need a defense attorney from Weiner Law Group to help you win your case. It’s our job to know what’s legal concerning marijuana, and we are very familiar with Nevada’s complex marijuana laws. Here’s an overview of those laws so you can understand your rights.
Legal Marijuana Activities
Nevada approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes in 2001. Patients with certain debilitating conditions can now consume marijuana legally as long as they first obtain a prescription and an ID card that indicates they have registered with the state. Medical marijuana users may possess a maximum of 2.5 ounces during any two-week period, an amount which was recently changed from the original one-ounce maximum.
Growth of marijuana for medical purposes
Individuals who are part of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program are permitted to cultivate a certain amount of marijuana for personal use and to appoint one main caretaker to help them grow the plants. Patients and their caregivers are allowed a maximum of seven marijuana plants, and four of those plants must be immature. Caregivers may not use any of the marijuana they cultivate.
Sale of medical marijuana
On June 12, 2013, Nevada finally legalized the sale of medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries. Nevada will license 66 dispensaries where individuals will be able to legally buy and sell medical marijuana, of which 40 will be in Clark County. It will still be illegal, however, to purchase or deal marijuana outside of these dispensaries, even for medical purposes.
Illegal Marijuana Activities
Although possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is the least serious marijuana crime in Nevada, it still carries a fine of up to $600 for a first offense and more serious punishments for subsequent offenses. By the fourth offense, this crime becomes a category E felony, and possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is a felony even on the first offense. Felony marijuana possessions are punishable by $5,000 to $20,000 in fines and one to four years in prison.
Possession with intent to sell
Even if you never sell a single joint of marijuana, you can be charged with a felony if prosecutors can prove that you intended to sell the substance. Fines for possession with intent to sell can reach as high as $20,000, and prison terms may be as long as 15 years. Judges are not allowed to grant probation or suspended sentences after the first offense, and the third offense is a category B felony.
Selling, growing or distributing marijuana
Cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana are considered “unauthorized marijuana acts” in Nevada, and even attempting to do any of these things is a serious crime. Unauthorized marijuana acts involving less than 100 pounds of pot are category B felonies, with fines of as much as $20,000 and up to 15 years imprisonment. Penalties double if the unauthorized act involves children or takes place near a location frequented by minors.
In Nevada, even possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana is regarded as marijuana trafficking. Trafficking is a category C felony for less than a ton of marijuana, a category B for 2,000 to 10,000 pounds and a category A for 10,000 pounds or more. Penalties start at $25,000 and one to five years in prison for category C trafficking, and they can range as high as $200,000 and life in prison for category A trafficking.
If you have been accused of a marijuana-related crime, you need a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney with experience defending marijuana crimes. Weiner Law Group has been practicing law in Las Vegas for over a decade and has defended numerous marijuana allegations, so we understand how cases like yours are usually prosecuted. Give us a call today at 702-202-0500, and let us give you back your life.
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