Possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is a citable offense only, with a fine of $100. Possession of 100 grams or more is punishable by a fine of up to $250. For possession of 200 grams or more, the penalty increases to a possible sentence of 6 months – one year in jail. Possession of 1,000 grams or more is punishable by 1 – 5 years in prison. Any possession of less than 5,000 grams does not carry the presumption of prison, which leaves available the possibility of probation. Possession of 5,000 grams of marijuana or more is punishable by 1 – 5 years in prison. For any amount or 20,000 grams or more the penalty increases to a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years in prison.
Sale to minors, sale within 1,000 feet of a school, sale within 100 feet of a juvenile, and previous felony drug convictions all increase the penalty for the sale or distribution of marijuana.
Conditional release: The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual’s criminal record does not reflect the charge.
Mandatory minimum sentence: When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to “life MMS” must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.
For all drug convictions, the offender’s driver’s license is also suspended for a period of 6 months – 5 years. This does not apply to minor misdemeanor violations for marijuana possession. Professional licenses are also suspended.
In Europe it’s allowed to buy and sell small quantities cannabis seeds (online). However, big sales to individuals aren’t allowed because it can encourage large-scale breeding. Yet it remains unclear where the dividing line is between small and large scale quantities.
In the Netherlands cannabis seeds are legal and may be bought and sold. However, the legislation is unclear about the amount of cannabis seeds you can buy or sell without promoting large-scale breeding. What might be amazing is that growing more than 5 cannabis plants is illegal in Holland and is seen as a criminal act. However, if you cultivate a maximum of 5 cannabis plants it will be tolerated by the Dutch law.
The legality of cannabis seeds in Germany
In this blog, we try to answer the question per country: is it legal to buy weed seeds online?
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Spain is a decentralized country with autonomous regions that can define their own regulations. Nevertheless, the policy of the provinces on cannabis seeds is almost the same everywhere: buying and selling cannabis seeds in Spain is permitted for private use. It’s therefore not strictly illegal to own and grow a few cannabis seeds in Spain unless it can be proven that you are planning to trade in weed.