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Smoking Weed in Federal Parks

Smoking Weed in Federal Parks

Several states across the country have legalized recreational marijuana use, but that doesn’t mean it’s legal everywhere, including in some areas within those states. Federal and national parks, for example, are federal land where federal laws apply, and on a federal level, marijuana possession and recreational use are still illegal.

Marijuana Possession Penalties

Review the federal penalties for possessing marijuana on federal land to make sure you remain complaint:

  • The first offense of marijuana possession of any amount in a federal park carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and an incarceration period of one year, and is classified as a misdemeanor.

  • The second offense of marijuana possession is classified as a misdemeanor, and comes with a maximum fine of $2,500 and an incarceration period anywhere from 15 days to two years.

  • Any subsequent possession offense will be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, and comes with a maximum fine of $5,000 and a mandatory incarceration period anywhere from 90 days to three years.

These penalties essentially follow the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy. Selling or growing marijuana in a federal park are felony offenses with fines of $250,000 to $1,000,000 and carry incarceration periods anywhere from three years to life.

Facing a Drug Charge? We Can Help

If you’re facing a drug charge, our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys are here to fight for you. We have more than 25 years of combined legal experience and we proudly represent people charged with drug crimes in Shawnee and other surrounding communities in the Kansas City area.

Don’t wait. Those facing a drug charge in the Kansas City area should contact Stein Law, LLC at (913) 583-0465 for a free case consultation today.


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