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Major Felony Marijuana Arrest Reported in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to arrest records in Cobb County, an alleged drug dealer was arrested this past week after a warrant was executed on his residence and investigators searched the property.

The man was arrested after officers seized pounds of marijuana, edibles, THC oil cartridges, cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription opiates. No other details concerning the drug bust have been released as of right now. However, as a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the multitude of offenses related to marijuana in Georgia.

Marijuana Crimes in Georgia

Most people are under the impression that laws around marijuana have eased up in the state of Georgia. This may be true for other parts of the country, however, marijuana is still regulated under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Although marijuana is not considered a scheduled substance it still falls until the category of “controlled substances.” There are many criminal offenses surrounding marijuana in the state of Georgia. These include:

Trafficking marijuana in the state of Georgia is defined by law in O.C.G.A. §16-13-31 as:

When someone sells, manufactures, grows, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of a quantity of marijuana exceeding ten pounds.

Trafficking marijuana is considered a felony offense. The penalties for a trafficking marijuana conviction depend greatly on how much marijuana is in that individual's possession. An amount greater than 10 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds requires at least a five-year prison sentence and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00. An amount of marijuana between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds requires a minimum sentence of seven years and a fine of $250,000.00. For any amount of marijuana above 10,000 pounds, the minimum sentence is fifteen years with a fine of $1 million. 

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