Some of the Strictest Marijuana Laws

The laws of the United States have started to change when dealing with some drugs. One particular drug that has a change of regulation and law governance is marijuana. While some states have legalized the use and manufacture of this substance, other states have started to become stricter in dealing with those consuming this product.

Some laws currently exist that have punishments in the extreme for the possession, distribution and consumption of this drug. Anyone caught with even small amounts may find harsh penalties like jail. Fines and programs for rehabilitation are often issued in conjunction with any periods behind bars.

Even as America is changing with societal expectations and opinions of how things should be, some political leaders push their own agenda that often is in direct opposition to the people residing in their states. Some punishments for the possession of this substance become harsher as these individuals in power attempt to protect those not using this drug.
Many law enforcement agencies use those addicted to drugs as informants or to take down criminals of more importance. This often permits those with the drug of marijuana to go free after providing assistance or information. Various states have differing laws, but some have the same direction of harsh punishments for this substance as they do for harder drugs.

Law in Florida

As one of the toughest states on marijuana possession, it hosts the harshest penalties for this drug in the entire United States. For possessing one single ounce of this drug may result in up to five years in prison and a fine of $6,000. In contrast to these punishments, California has downgraded the possession of this substance to an infraction of lowered importance with no warrant, arrest or even any recording on the person’s criminal record.

Some laws have changed since 2008 when Governor Charlie Crist altered the charge for marijuana farming, packaging and distribution to a third-degree felony when owning a house with the knowledge it would be used in such a way. A part of one of these laws changed the amount needed to charge a person with a second-degree felony. Before the alteration, it required a person to grow 300 plants to incur this second-degree felony charge. After the stipulation was instituted, it only takes 25 of the same plants to be grown to issue the same charges in this state. Another change in 2010 in Florida caused it to be illegal for any selling of drug paraphernalia to include materials and containers that hold the substance of marijuana. This regulation also explains that no items used for this drug may be sold even when labeled for tobacco use. An exchange of taxes for revenue on smoking equipment and materials was initiated to make up for the cuts in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for citizens.

Changes in Arizona

The second most severe state with penalties against those in possession or other similar crimes for marijuana is Arizona. As other states have lessened penalties and charges against those with or dealing in marijuana, this state has increased the severity. The laws in this state have caused some confusion in other areas of the United States due to the passing of medical marijuana through the approved ballot initiative in 2010. At the same time, police raids have increased dramatically along with corrupt transfers of money and unsanctioned and unregulated clubs for this drug. These clubs are becoming the point of sale for black-market purchases of marijuana as was done many years previously. While the sale of medical treatment with this drug has been sanctioned in many areas, the law enforcement agencies have started a brutal campaign of ferreting out any and all possessors of this drug outside of the legal prescription.

In direct opposition to the enforcement against the drug, marijuana has seen the most drug offenses in this state with severe penalties when a conviction occurs for possession and similar crimes. No matter how little a person possesses or distributes of this substance, each charge may potentially be issued as a felony with a possible sentence of up to or more than one year and minimum fines of $750.

Marijuana Laws in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has the fifth highest arrest rate for the drug of marijuana and is among one of the harshest states in America against this substance. First offenses often carry up to six months in jail and fines of about $500. Additional violations may be issued as felony offenses with five or more years in prison and fines starting at $5000.

Growing and selling crimes are always charged as felonies with jail or prison terms between five and 30 years in addition to fines at about $100,000. When this crime is committed with amounts of 2000 to 10,000 pounds, fines may reach or exceed $1 million and 40 years behind bars

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