With the passage of I-502 possession of less than 28.3 grams of cannabis is not a crime. Most drug-related crimes are felonies, with the exception of possession of less than more than 28 grams but less than 40 grams of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor in the State of Washington. Penalties range from a small fine and a day or two in jail for possession of a small amount of marijuana to huge fines and years behind bars for possession of even a small amount of other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines.
Repeat offenders may face life imprisonment if convicted of certain federal drug offenses. Forfeiture of property, including cars and firearms, can also result from a conviction for a drug related offense. The penalties and fines you face will depend upon several factors, and stiffer penalties will result if you have a lengthy criminal history, used firearms in the crime or possessed firearms in the same location as the drugs, sold drugs to minors or otherwise involved minors in a drug operation, including the presence of minors near a manufacturing area, or possessed, manufactured or distributed drugs in a protected area, such as a school zone. An attorney from our office will be happy to review your case with you and give you an overview of the penalties involved in your specific case.