Currently, twenty-eight (28) states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana. Seventeen (17) states have decriminalized marijuana, and seven (7) states have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Proponents of hash concentrate in Pennsylvania have praised its effects. Users have cited higher potency for smaller amounts, lack of “dank” smells, and the respiratory benefits of using hash oil rather than smoking the green leafy substance as a few of hash oil’s benefits.
On the other hand, police departments in Pennsylvania and around the United States have issued warnings about THC concentrates. Although no one has ever overdosed from marijuana, police have warned against using hash oil because of the potency and dangerous manufacture. Other dissenters believe concentrates might be gateway drugs.
Regardless of what side of the debate you fall on, possessing marijuana concentrates can have very serious consequences in Pennsylvania. If you or someone you know has been charged with marijuana concentrate possession, you need an experienced drug crimes attorney to fight for your rights.
Call the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 today for a consultation about your criminal charge.
Attorney Michael J. Skinner represents clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses for THC concentrate possession throughout southeast Pennsylvania in Media in Delaware County, West Chester in Chester County, Lancaster in Lancaster County, and Norristown in Montgomery County.
Hash oil is the result of extracting the main ingredient (THC) from marijuana plants. Butane is the most common substance for extraction. It is very interesting what a plastic tube, a lot of marijuana, and a few cans of butane can create. The butane extracts the THC from the marijuana and leaves oil or wax-like substance at the end.
Butane is not the only method for oil extraction. Some methods use alcohol, olive oil, ethanol, or water for extraction. Each of these makes the resulting substance different. The terms used to describe it refer to the consistency of the extract. Some other names for marijuana extracts are listed as the following:
Marijuana, specifically THC, is considered a Schedule I substance in Pennsylvania. A Schedule I substance means that the substance has not been approved for medical use, and has a high potential for abuse. The criminal consequences are different depending on what the substance is.
THC concentrates are treated harsher than marijuana as a green leafy substance. The inconsistency in charging the different types of cannabis has lead to interesting penalties for marijuana versus marijuana concentrate possession.
Possessing more than thirty (30) grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in prison and up to $5,000 fines.
Possessing more than eight (8) grams of hashish is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Possessing between two (2) and ten (10) pounds or at between ten (10) and twenty-one (21) live plants is a felony.
Manufacturing or selling any amount of marijuana or hash, without authorization, is a felony. The punishment is dependent upon the amount of marijuana or hash sold.
The Medical Marijuana Act – Visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the official website of the Pennsylvania Legislature for laws related to medical marijuana, including dispensaries, organizations, patients, and caregivers.
If you were charged with possessing marijuana concentrate, you want an attorney who is experienced in fighting “serious drug crimes.”
Call Skinner Law Firm to learn more about defenses to possessing marijuana or hash concentrates.
Attorney Michael J. Skinner of Skinner Law Firm represents clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout southeast Pennsylvania in Media in Delaware County, Lancaster in Lancaster County, Norristown in Montgomery, and West Chester in Chester County.