National Debate

As long as Federal law prohibits marijuana and some state laws allow it, the price of cannabis will stay high, and California communities have to deal with the consequences.

Marijuana, throughout the United States, is a Schedule One felony drug, considered to have "no medicinal value."

These are the Federal penalties for cannabis.

Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine
Possession
Any amount (first offense) misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Any amount (second offense) misdemeanor 15 days* $ 2,500
Any amount (second offense) misdemeanor 90 days* - 3 years $ 5,000
*Mandatory minimum sentence
Sale
Less than 50 kg felony 5 years $ 250,000
50 - 99 kg felony 20 years $ 1,000,000
100 - 999 kg felony 5 - 40 years $ 500,000
1000 kg or more felony 10 years - life $ 1,000,000
To a minor or within 1000 ft of a school, or other specified areas carries a double penalty.
Gift of small amount - see Possession
Cultivation
Less than 50 plants felony 5 years $ 250,000
50 - 99 plants felony 20 years $ 1,000,000
100 - 999 plants felony 5 - 40 years $ 500,000
1000 plants or more felony 10 years - life $ 1,000,000
Paraphernalia
Sale of paraphernalia felony 3 years  $ 0

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