Indiana classifies marijuana as an illegal substance. Marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I drug. That classification means that marijuana is assigned as one of the most dangerous drugs with absolutely no medical value.
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How is Marijuana Classified?
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 class of drug. Some of the other drugs in this class include:
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There are several states where marijuana possession has been legalized, however, in all states, it is still against federal law to possess marijuana.
Marijuana Possession Defense
There are some common marijuana defenses that are used by a marijuana defense attorney when someone is charged with the suspicion of possession of marijuana. The most common defense is:
• The officer made and illegal search
The Officer Found the Marijuana in an Illegal Search
There are some situations where the driver of the vehicle or the one that is actually the possessor of marijuana readily gives it over to the police officer. Law enforcement officers are very skilled about getting people to hand over paraphernalia, such as marijuana pipes, papers or grinders. However, there are times where they do need to perform a search for them to discover the marijuana.
Marijuana Laws in Indiana
Indiana drug possession laws are some of the strictest laws in the United States. It is a criminal offense to possess any illegal drug in Indiana. the penalties you face for a conviction in a drug possession case depend on the substance you are accused of possessing and how much of it you reportedly had in your possession at the time of your arrest. Below are the potential penalties and fines for possessing marijuana:
• Possession of any amount if the defendant has no prior drug convictions. A violation is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
• Possession of less than 30 grams (or less than five grams of hashish) if the defendant has a prior drug conviction. A violation is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
• Possession of 30 grams or more (or five grams or more of hashish) and the defendant has a prior drug conviction. A violation is a level 6 felony, punishable by between six months in jail and two and one-half years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
(Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-48-4-11, 35-50-2-7, 35-50-3-2, 35-50-3-3 (2019).)