Like its northern neighbor—Washington—California has taken a more liberal stance on marijuana than other states in the U.S. California has decriminalized possessing small amounts of recreational marijuana for personal use.
However, you shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that decriminalization is the same as making recreational marijuana legal. It is still illegal to possess marijuana in amounts above 28.5 grams. Depending on the amount, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony. Distribution and sale of marijuana is also illegal and is a felony. If the crime involved a minor, the charges are enhanced.
These charges are serious and come with serious consequences. A misdemeanor conviction can result in incarceration and hundreds of dollars in fines. A felony conviction comes with stiffer penalties, including several years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
If you’ve been charged with possession of marijuana—or another marijuana-related crime—in Riverside, California, don’t wait to contact a marijuana defense attorney.
As former prosecutors, the Riverside marijuana lawyers at Greenberg, Greenberg & Kenyon, APLC have the experience and knowledge necessary to build a strong defense. We will explore every option to get you the best possible result in your case, including a dismissal.
Contact us today for a free confidential consultation with one of the lawyers at our firm. We can answer your questions, let you know what happens next, and give you guidance throughout the entire criminal justice process.