Marijuana laws across the country come with varying degrees of legalization. However, marijuana is still illegal in the state of Kansas.
While marijuana is the most used drug in the United States, it is illegal to possess marijuana in Kansas for personal use. In addition, it is illegal to sell or distribute marijuana in Kansas. Moreover, possession of marijuana is a crime and even small amounts can result in jail time.
Possession and distribution of marijuana come with a variety of penalties depending on several factors. For instance, criminal history and type of marijuana involved. Learn more about the offenses and consequences below.
A first-time offense is a Class B, nonperson misdemeanor. As a result, first-time offenses can carry up to six months in county jail.
A second-time offense is a Class A, nonperson misdemeanor. This means the conviction is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail in addition to a fine.
A third-time marijuana conviction is a felony offense and can carry up to 42 months in prison.
Often, people will get probation with treatment when they’re convicted of a marijuana crime in the state of Kansas. However, this can carry serious implications, like with future employment, for instance.
Consequences are even more serious if you’re facing charges of marijuana distribution, which can result in years in prison.
If you’re facing marijuana charges, or if you’ve been arrested for a marijuana offense, you have the right to an aggressive defense.
Jeremy D. Koop is a former prosecutor with experience on both sides of the courtroom providing zealous defense. Contact Koop Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with our team who will fight for your rights.