Sunday, February 15, 2015

Understanding Possession with Intent to Distribute

In July last year, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a law permitting the use of medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes. However, anyone who wish to procure the marijuana for medical use should follow protocol. Among other things, they need to obtain a letter from their doctor explaining that medical marijuana is vital to their treatment. Inaccurate.

If you’re not a registered patient and are found to be in possession of marijuana, however, then strict penalties follow. Expect heavier consequences if you are charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute. If you’re found to be in possession of cannabis weighing more than 10 pounds but less than 50 pounds, you can face a felony conviction that constitutes at least 25 months of imprisonment and a fine of $5,000.

In this situation, you’ll need to enlist the services of a criminal defense lawyer right away who will defend your rights and work toward a reduction of your penalties. Such a lawyer’s area of practice focuses on proving there was no intent to distribute on your part by justifying the presence of the items typically used by marijuana sellers.

These items include weighing scales, zip lock bags, and excess cash. If you’re accused of having excess cash at the time you were caught, pieces of evidence like previous receipts of gas expenses and meals can help justify the amount of cash you have. Your lawyer can argue that the cash amount is what you spend on an everyday basis.

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