Important Information About Pennsylvania Marijuana Possession Laws
Drug crime continues to be a focal point of law enforcement agencies across the country, especially with the increasing severity of the opioid epidemic. Below is some information specific to Pennsylvania marijuana laws you should know when it comes to possession cases:
- It can be tough to expunge drug crimes: Pennsylvania does allow you to expunge your criminal records, with some limitations. Although it is possible for you to have some criminal records sealed so that they no longer appear on background checks, being approved for an expungement of a drug possession charge can be very difficult. The arrest must have been for a summary offense — or it must have failed to result in conviction. These provisions typically do not apply to misdemeanor or felony possession cases.
- Paraphernalia can be more severe than possession: There are certain cases in which possessing drug paraphernalia can actually carry more severe penalties than possession of the actual drug. For example, possessing a bong, bowl or other device used for smoking marijuana is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500 in Pennsylvania. These are more severe penalties than those handed down for the possession of a small amount of marijuana.
- Possession charges can be very serious: There are certainly situations in which possession penalties can be quite severe, particularly when large amounts of drugs are involved or when the drugs themselves become more “serious.” While possessing a small amount of marijuana (30 grams or less) is a misdemeanor that could result in 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, possessing a small amount of heroin carries much more severe charges.
- Cultivation, manufacturing, possession with intent to deliver, and delivery may land you in jail: Cultivating drugs or growing plants to be used for the purpose of creating drugs is a felony in Pennsylvania and carries a minimum sentence of two-and-a-half years in prison.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s marijuana possession laws and how you can protect your rights, meet with a skilled Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney at Bowers & Fawcett, LLC. Call us at 724-266-0290 or contact us online.