Marijuana Criminal Defense Attorney for Those in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Throughout Michigan Facing Marijuana Related Charges
While marijuana has been legalized in the state of Michigan for medical use, it is still against the law for those without a medical marijuana card to use, possess, manufacture, distribute, cultivate, or sell marijuana. As a Schedule I drug, the penalties for individuals convicted of crimes involving marijuana are some of the harshest of all. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan marijuana defense lawyers offer an impressive track record when it comes to protecting the legal rights and freedom of those arrested for or charged with drug crimes involving marijuana, also commonly referred to as "weed," "grass," "pot," and "reefer."
If found to be in possession of marijuana, without a valid medical marijuana card, those convicted frequently find they are facing jail or prison time and possibly substantial fines. These penalties become even harsher if it can be proven by prosecutors that an individual was involved in cultivating or manufacturing marijuana, or that it was intended to be distributed, sold or delivered. Even though its use is legal for medical purposes in the state of Michigan, it is still illegal under federal law. Because of its approved medical use, police, investigators and others in authority search for illegal use of marijuana more vigorously than ever before. The possession, manufacture, or distribution of any type of illegal drug or substance is something that is being cracked down on hard today by Michigan law enforcement.
Marijuana or Cannabis Considered a "Gateway" Drug by Some
Marijuana has been around since the beginning of time, and became extremely popular during the 1960's when it became a way that uninhibited young people began to focus on peace and "spreading love." Since that time, it has been found that marijuana does have some good effects, particularly for individuals with certain conditions or diseases. Marijuana has been found to eliminate nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy and other medical treatment; it also helps with pain relief, and stimulates hunger in patients who have little or no appetite.
Regardless, the negative effects of marijuana are still well known. While many who use it enjoy the temporary "high" they experience, there are negative side effects which include memory loss, impaired coordination, distorted perceptions and even heart issues. Many who are vehemently against marijuana fear that users will not only become addicted, but will decide to move on to other more potent drugs which put users at even greater risk of addiction, abuse, and health issues such as cocaine or heroin. Anti-marijuana groups therefore often refer to marijuana as a "gateway drug."
Harsh Penalties for Marijuana Drug Crimes in Michigan
Even if you are caught using marijuana and have no intention to manufacture, sell, or distribute, you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense. While this is the most minor of all charges involving marijuana, you could potentially face a 90 day jail sentence and/or a fine of up to $100.
Those found to be in possession of marijuana in an amount larger than what would be considered normal for personal use face harsher penalties which may include up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. However, the Michigan drug crime defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates know that those arrested for the cultivation, manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver, manufacture, or cultivate marijuana face severe punishment if convicted. The penalties become more severe according to the amount of drug involved, and include:
- Less than 20 marijuana plants or 5 kilograms, up to 4 years in prison and/or fines of up to $20,000.
- 20 to 199 marijuana plants or 5 to 44 kilograms, up to 7 years in prison and/or fines of up to $500,000.
- 200 or more marijuana plants or 45 kilograms or more, up to 15 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000,000.
While the information discussed on this page applies to individuals who are charged under Michigan law, there are circumstances in which federal or local officials may arrest you. It is urgent that you consult with an experienced and reputable Michigan marijuana defense lawyer regardless of how minor or serious the charge against you may seem.
Hire a Confident Michigan Marijuana Defense Attorney Who is Effective and Aggressive for Best Results
Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged with a marijuana drug offense, it is important that you consult with a lawyer who specializes in providing a vigorous, effective defense to drug crimes right away. At Grabel & Associates, our goal is to keep you out of jail, and to protect your legal rights and reputation. We are available 24/7, so call us now at 1-800-342-7896 and let us provide you with unparalleled legal guidance and representation. Contact us online now.