It is common knowledge across the State of Georgia that possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor. You may have found yourself arrested and charged with a felony for a pot brownie, lollipop, gummy, or other edible. In these cases, you need a drug attorney fighting for you. In my experience as a Newnan marijuana edibles lawyer, far too few people are aware that possession of one edible can lead to felony charges.

Edibles as a Felony in Newnan

The law is confusing because there are things in some states that are legal but remain illegal in other states. For instance, many people purchase edibles in Colorado. These edibles take various forms but essentially are made by infusing THC into what would otherwise be a legal recipe for brownies, candies, etc. And there is the problem.

Georgia has an organized schedule of drugs that are illegal to possess, Schedule I, II, III, IV, V, and Dangerous Drugs. Schedule I are the “most serious” and dangerous drugs are the least serious. The state has determined that the THC used to infuse these edibles is a Schedule I drug. Illegal THC is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-13-25.

Basically, when marijuana (THC) becomes so concentrated that it no longer looks like weed, it becomes a felony, meaning that having edibles is a felony. Marijuana edible charges can be very serious for you, so it’s crucial that you get a lawyer in Newnan on your side to represent your interests.

Penalties for Weed Edibles

The penalties for possession of weed edibles become slightly more complicated, but a lawyer in Newnan could further explain in a private consultation. There are three basic tiers of punishment and they are all determined by the aggregate weight of the substance.

Tier 1:

  • Less than one gram of solid substance.
  • Less than one milliliter of liquid substance.
  • Placed into a secondary medium with a combined weight of less than one gram.
  • Range of punishment is one to three years.

Tier 2:

  • At least one gram, but less than four grams of solid substance.
  • At least one milliliter of liquid substance, but less than four milliliters.
  • Placed into a secondary medium with the combined weight of more than one gram, but less than four grams.
  • Range of punishment is one to eight years.

Tier 3:

  • At least four grams, but less than twenty-eight grams of solid substance.
  • At least four milliliters of liquid substance, but less than twenty-eight milliliters.
  • Placed into a secondary medium with the combined weight of more than four grams, but less than twenty-eight grams.
  • Range of punishment is one to fifteen years.

Enhancements for Possession with Intent

It is also illegal to possess edibles with the intent to distribute. If convicted of possession with intent then the punishments are significantly increased. A conviction for possession with intent for edibles is punishable by five to thirty years. A second conviction and someone faces a range of punishment of ten to forty years.

Contact a Newnan Marijuana Edibles Attorney

If you have been arrested for possessing marijuana edibles, don’t face those charges alone. A member of the firm is happy to help you and discuss your case. You have an advocate on your side if you contact a Newnan marijuana edibles lawyer. Contact us today.