In the state of Georgia, possession, manufacture, and distribution of marijuana are all illegal, and carry criminal penalties. The following reviews the penalties for the above acts – if you need legal help with drug charges in Atlanta, the Law Office of Thomas, Webb, and Willis, LLC can represent you.
Georgia Code Section 16-13-30 addresses the purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana in the state. According to the statute, the “manufacture’ of marijuana (i.e. the cultivation of marijuana), is a felony that is punishable by imprisonment of not more than 10 years, nor no less than 10 years. If the cultivation is of more than 10 pounds of marijuana, the penalty increases to a maximum of 30 years (up to 2,000 pounds).
The penalties for possession of marijuana are much less harsh – yet still serious – than are the penalties for cultivation. The NORML Foundation, citing Georgia code, explains that possessing one ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime, and is punishable by up to one year incarceration, a fine of up to $1,000, or/and public works (community service) for 12 months’ time.
If a person is convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the crime is more serious, as are the penalties. Possession with intent to distribute is a felony, and if the possession occurred within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or another drug free zone, the penalty is increased.
If convicted of distribution or trafficking of marijuana, the crime is a felony which carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment. However, the incarceration time, as well as a fine amount, may increase depending upon to whom drugs were distributed, as well as where distribution occurred. Again, the penalty will increase if the distribution occurred within 1,000 feet of school grounds or a drug free zone, and will also increase if drugs were sold to a minor.
While marijuana and its possession, use, or sale may seem fairly innocuous in the eyes of many, Georgia law comes down hard on drug offenders. If you need legal help for drug charges in Atlanta, do not wait to contact the experienced team at the Law Offices of Thomas, Webb, and Willis, LLC. You can call us directly 24/7 at (404) 250-1113 to speak with a member of our team or to request a free case consultation.