The federal government often prosecutes crimes that cross state borders and involve more than one law enforcement agency, such as drug trafficking across state lines. The federal government also is involved in crimes that occur on the internet and through the mail. However, the government can intervene in drug crimes involving larger amounts of illegal substances, including marijuana charges.
The U.S. Congress banned the possession, sale, and growth of cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The act also classifies drugs according to "schedules." Narcotics are sorted by schedules based on their potential for abuse and medical use. The act does not acknowledge marijuana having a medicinal purpose.
Federal charges can be intimidating and overwhelming. You need a competent criminal defense attorney to aggressively defend you. If you are facing federal marijuana charges, contact a Melbourne cannabis defense lawyer at Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC. The attorneys at Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC are knowledgeable about federal marijuana laws and are committed to helping clients get the best possible results.
Call (321) 253-3447 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced lawyers. Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC represents clients throughout Central and Eastern Florida, including Melbourne, Winter Park, Orlando, Deltona, Holly Hill, Sanford, Vero Beach, Kissimmee and Saint Cloud.
According to federal law, marijuana, also known as weed, pot or grass, is classified as Schedule I drug. The schedule I designation means the drug has a high potential for abuse and there is a lack of accepted safety for the use under medical supervision. The designation also says the drug has no medical use in treatment in the United States.
It is illegal to possess, sell or cultivate marijuana in the United States under the Controlled Substance Act. This means no part of the plant can be possessed or distributed, which means for medical purposes as well.
Federal crimes often have harsher penalties than those prosecuted on the state and local levels. For drug crimes, the penalties can be determined by the schedule of the drug, how much of the drug was involved in the crime and possibly where the alleged crime took place.
If you are charged with selling, distributing, possessing of growing 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana or 1,000 or more cannabis plants, you could face 10 years or more in a federal prison. If the alleged crime resulted in death or serious injury, you could face 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
If the charge involves 100 kilograms of marijuana or 100 or more cannabis plants, you could face between five and 40 years in federal prison. If the crime resulted in death or injury from the drugs, you could face 20 years or more in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
If the alleged crime involves less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, you could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you are caught violating any of the federal statutes regarding schedule I drugs on federal property, the penalties for the crime could increase. For example, if you are caught growing large amounts of marijuana plants on federal property, you could face additional sentencing time and steeper fines.
Distributing marijuana to a minor under 21 years old also could have harsher penalties, as well as distributing or manufacturing the substance near or in any form of educational facility or public property.
Federal marijuana laws can be complex, and the penalties can be harsh. It is important you understand the charges you are facing and the consequences of a federal conviction. Contact a skilled Melbourne criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC for guidance in your federal marijuana case. Call (321) 253-3447 for a free case evaluation.