Possession of marijuana is illegal under Mississippi law. Whether or not possession of marijuana is a felony under Mississippi law depends upon how much marijuana was in the person’s possession at the time they were arrested.
Marijuana is weighed by the gram. If the amount of marijuana is thirty (30) grams or less, then the charge of possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Mississippi. If the amount of marijuana is more than thirty (30) grams, then the person will be charged with possession of marijuana as a felony in Mississippi.
Mississippi law states that the potential penalty for a charge of possession of marijuana also depends upon the weight of the marijuana. The weights and potential sentences are as follows:
More than 30 grams, but less than 250 grams: three (3) years in prison and a $3,000.00 fine;
250 grams, but less than 500 grams: two (2) years to eight (8) years in prison and a $50,000.00 fine;
500 grams, but less than 1 kilogram: four (4) to sixteen (16) years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine;
1 kilogram, but less than 5 kilograms: six (6) to twenty-four (24) years in prison and a $500,000.00 fine;
5 kilograms or more: ten (10) to thirty (30) years in prison and a $1,000,000.00 fine.
If you’ve been charged with possession of marijuana in Mississippi, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to protect your interests. Possession of marijuana carries stiff penalties under Mississippi law. If you’ve been charged with possession, please call criminal defense lawyer Curt Crowley at 601.944.1984 for a free case evaluation. You may also visit our Mississippi criminal defense website for more information.