Marijuana is still considered a controlled substance in the state of Pennsylvania.
While the state has legalized it for use in medical circumstances, if
you are charged with possession of marijuana without a prescription, you
could be facing incarceration for up to 12 months or a fine up to $5,000.
Depending on whether or not you have a prescription, the district attorney
will be looking to prosecute you for particular charges depending on their
evidence against you. If the DA thinks you were planning to use the cannabis
for yourself, the result would be a smaller charge than if the police
determine you intended to deliver or sell it. If you are facing a charge
of intent to deliver or manufacture, you would be facing a felony charge,
which has much more severe consequences.
Hiring an attorney is wise in all cases, even if you do have a prescription
for your cannabis. An excellent
Scranton drug crimes attorney will be up to date on all recent laws regarding marijuana possession and
its use in treating chronic conditions.
Even if you feel good about your chances, it’s always best to err
on the side of caution. If you are convicted of drug possession, you will
be ineligible for federally subsidized student loans and financial aid.
Likewise, you will have a criminal record, which could make it harder
for you to find a job or housing later.
Talk to our skilled
Scranton criminal defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. We are personally invested in each
and every client’s case. Let us see what we can do to defend your
rights and freedom.