Marijuana legalization is a hot button issue in many states across the country. Where does Indiana fit into the puzzle? Let’s take a closer look at the laws and find out!
Those who intentionally or knowinglygrow marijuana, pay for the growth of the plants, deliver the plants, or pay for the delivery of the plants, or if you carry it with the intention of growing it or paying for it, then you may be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor, you face up to one year in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
If you deal marijuana to a minor under the age of 18, or carry more than 30 grams, but less than 10 pounds, then you may have your charges upgraded to a Class D felony. If convicted of a Class D felony, you may face anywhere from six months to three years in prison along with a fine up to $10,000. Some Class D felony convictions can be reduced to Class A Misdemeanors, through Alternative Misdemeanor sentencing.
Class D felonies are the least serious felony offenses, and may be eligible for expungement under the new law if you satisfy all the sentencing requirements, do not have any pending charges, do not have a current suspended license charge, and have not been in any trouble within the last five years from the date of convictions.
If you deal marijuana in excess of 10 pounds, then you become at risk for a Class C felony. A Class C felony is also possible if growing or dealing takes place within 1,000 feet of a school, park, family housing complex, a youth program center, or on a school bus. If convicted of a Class C felony, you may face anywhere from two to eight years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000.
Those who possess marijuana are also guilty of a crime, whether they intend to deal or not. It falls under Class Amisdemeanor if the amount is less than 30 grams, and becomes a Class D felony If it is more than 30 grams.
If you are charged with a marijuana crime, contact a criminal lawyer in Indiana as soon as possible. This information is presented for educational purposes only, and is not meant to be construed as legal advice.