Written by attorney Clayton A. Simms

Levels of Punishment for Marijuana Use in Utah Ranges from Misdemeanor to Felony

Although not everyone that uses marijuana in Utah gets caught, those that choose to use or grow Marijuana, which is an illegal drug in Utah, are in danger of being arrested and possibly thrown in jail.

Police in a southern Utah county recently discovered and shut down a large marijuana garden consisting of around 4,000 plants. We’re going to tell you some of the potential penalties for being involved with marijuana in Utah.

It’s illegal to:

• Produce, manufacture or dispense Marijuana

• Distribute, agree, offer, consent or arrange to distribute Marijuana

• Possess Marijuana with intent to distribute

• Engage in a continuing criminal enterprise (regarding Marijuana)

If you choose to disobey these laws with regard to a Schedule I or II substance, you could be charged with a second-degree felony or with a first-degree felony if it’s your second or subsequent conviction. If you are caught ignoring these laws concerning marijuana in Utah, you could be charged with a third-degree felony or with a second-degree felony if you’ve been previously convicted.

Possessing or using marijuana in Utah when you have 100 pounds or more is a second-degree felony. Having more than 16 ounces of marijuana but less than 100 pounds is a third-degree felony. Possession of marijuana in Utah that’s more than 1 ounce but less than 16 ounces is a class A misdemeanor.

Understanding Utah laws about the use or possession of marijuana can be confusing, so it’s a good idea to contact a top Utah criminal defense attorney if you are arrested on any drug charges. Let an attorney advise you and deal with law enforcement on your behalf. It may be the best phone call you’ll ever make.

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