Marijuana, also known as cannabis, pot, ganja, bud, chronic, grass and reefer is one of the most frequently abused drugs in Pennsylvania. A conviction for many marijuana charges can result in harsh punishments in both criminal sentencing and in consequences on your daily life.
Some of the most common marijuana charges include:
If you have been charged with a crime in Chester County, or the surrounding areas of Lancaster County, Montgomery County or Delaware County, it is imperative to hire a lawyer who is experienced with Pennsylvania’s legal system. Michael J. Skinner is knowledgeable in all areas of Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws and will make every effort to have your charges completely dismissed, or find a way to mitigate your punishment. Call the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 for a consultation today.
Any second or subsequent marijuana offense conviction increases the possible penalties to twice those for first-time offenders.
Pennsylvania does not currently permit medicinal marijuana; however, some studies show there may be benefits to certain medical conditions. Medicinal marijuana has been used to treat pain resulting from nerve damage, as a treatment for glaucoma and movement disorders, and as a treatment for nausea that comes from certain cancer treatments. Medicinal marijuana can also be used as an appetite stimulant for suffering from HIV and certain types of cancer. Other research shows that marijuana can potentially defend the body against certain malignant tumors.
Many countries have already passed legislation legalizing marijuana, in addition to fifteen states and Washington D.C. in the United States. Many health organizations think there is some medicinal benefit to marijuana, and believe a patient should have the ability to legally access marijuana under a physician’s supervision.
For first-time marijuana offenders, the court may grant probation without verdict. The state provides for conditional release or an alternative sentencing program for first-time offenders. Pennsylvania’s laws allow offenders to choose probation rather than being sentenced at trial. If the offender completes the requirements of the probation, the marijuana charge will be dismissed, and their criminal record will not reflect a marijuana charge.
There may be possible defenses to your marijuana charge in Pennsylvania. Your Chester County defense attorney can help identify defenses or other mitigating factors that may reduce your marijuana charge to a lesser offense or even have it dismissed. Examples of defenses or mitigating factors to marijuana charges can include:
Depending on if any of the above scenarios applies to your case, you attorney will be able to file a motion to dismiss your marijuana charge or a motion to suppress any illegally obtained evidence on your behalf.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – This national organization is dedicated to changing the public’s opinion about marijuana to achieve the repeal of marijuana laws so the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to criminal penalties.
Marijuana Policy Project – MPP’s goal is to increase the public support of non-punitive and non-coercive marijuana punishments, and to change state laws regarding the use of marijuana.
Drug Policy Alliance – This national organization promotes non-violent alternatives to the drug war that are based on science and health and human rights.
Contact the Skinner Law Firm for a consultation about your alleged marijuana offense in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas. Michael J. Skinner will hear the particular facts of your case, and make every effort to help avoid the harshest punishments. Call (610) 436-1410 for a consultation today.