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Is Birmingham The Worst City For Marijuana Users?

Birmingham residents might not be surprised to learn that the city placed last in a list of best cities for marijuana users compiled by the real estate website Movoto. While other states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana, Alabama's laws still call for harsh consequences for those caught with any amount of the drug.

Personal Possession? Other Than Personal Possession?

Alabama law, which actually spells marijuana as marihuana, breaks pot possession charges into two categories: unlawful marihuana possession in the first degree and unlawful marihuana possession in the second degree.

Second degree marijuana possession is a misdemeanor that is charged when someone is accused of being in possession of marijuana for personal use only. However, personal use is based on the amount of marijuana a person is found in possession of, rather than what the person intends to do with it. Any amount of marijuana less than a kilogram is considered to be for personal use. A kilogram or more is deemed to be for other than personal use.

First degree marijuana possession is a felony. It is charged when a person is accused of being in possession of marijuana for other than personal use. It can also be charged even if the volume indicates personal use if the person has previously been convicted of possession.

Alabama Marijuana Possession Penalties Are Harsh

A first offender accused of possession of marijuana for personal use only still faces up to a year in jail and up to a $6,000 fine if convicted. A first degree marijuana possession conviction can lead to up to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

Can Marijuana Possession Charges Be Fought?

Yes, with the help of an experienced attorney, these charges can be fought and the consequences may be avoided or reduced. At Russo White & Keller P.C., we are committed to helping people fight marijuana possession charges.

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