Louisiana Penalties For Growing And Possession of Marijuana

Louisianna penalties for possession and growing marijuana

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  

Possession

Less than 60 lbs (first offense) not classified 6 mos $ 500
Less than 60 lbs (second offense) not classified 5 years $ 2,500
Less than 60 lbs (subsequent offense) not classified 20 years $ 5,000
60 - 2000 lbs felony 5* - 30 years $ 100,000
2000 - 10,000 lbs felony 10* - 40 years $ 400,000
More than 10,000 lbs felony 25* - 40 years $ 400,000
First and second offenders may be eligible for probation.
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Distribution or Cultivation of Marijuana

Any amount (first offense) not classified 5* - 30 years $ 50,000
Any amount (subsequent offense) not classified 10* - 60 years $ 100,000
To a minor not classified 45 - 90 years $ 75,000
Includes possession with intent to distribute
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Hash & Concentrates

Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.

Miscellaneous

Possession, distribution, or cultivation of marijuana within 2000 feet of a drug free zone is punishable by 1.5 times the maximum sentence.
Staying in a public place with the purpose to distribute marijuana is a crime punishable by a fine of $100-$1,000, and/or up to 6 months imprisonment, and/or up to 120 hours of community service.
Conviction of any crime involving controlled substances results in denial of driving privileges for not less than 30 days but not more than 1 year.

Penalty Details

Marijuana is a schedule I(C) hallucinogenic substance under Louisiana law.

Possession for Personal Use

For first offenders, possession of less than 60 pounds of marijuana is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 6 months of imprisonment. Second offenses are punishable by a fine of $250-$2500 and/or up to 5 years of imprisonment. Both first and second offenders may be eligible for probation, which will include 32 hours of community service and a substance abuse program, the cost of probation will be paid by the defendant. Third and subsequent offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 20 years of imprisonment.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:966(E)

Possession of 60-2,000 pounds of marijuana is a felony and is punishable by 5-30 years of imprisonment and a fine of $50,000-$100,000. Possession of 2,000-10,000 pounds is a felony and is punishable by 10-40 years of imprisonment and a fine of $100,000-$400,000. Possession of 10,000 pounds or more of marijuana is a felony and is punishable by 25-40 years of imprisonment.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:966(F)

Distribution or Cultivation of Marijuana

Distribution of marijuana includes possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:966(A)

Distribution or cultivation of marijuana is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and 5-30 years of imprisonment. Subsequent offenses are punishable by 10-60 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Prior offenses include any drug crime convictions, no matter where they occurred. If the defendant is 18 or older and is selling to a minor under the age of 18 who is at least 3 years younger than the defendant a maximum term of 45 years may be imposed for first offenders or 90 years for subsequent offenders. Distributing marijuana to an elementary, middle, or high school student is punishable by a maximum term of 45 years imprisonment for first offenders and up to 90 years imprisonment for subsequent offenses. For first offenders a fine of up to $75,000 may also be imposed. For subsequent offenders a fine of $150,000 may be imposed. Soliciting a minor to distribute marijuana is punishable for first offenders by 45 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $75,000. For subsequent offenders imprisonment for up to 90 years and a fine of up to $150,000 may be imposed.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:966(B)(3)
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:982
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:981(C)
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:981.1
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:981.2

Hash & Concentrates

Louisiana classifies both plant-form Marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinols, including Hashish and Marijuana Concentrates, in schedule I of the Louisiana Controlled Substances Schedule. For the purposes of criminal justice, the statute defines Marijuana as including tetrahydrocannabinols and derivatives thereof. The penalties for offenses involving tetrahydrocannabinols and derivatives thereof have the same penalties as for plant-form Marijuana.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. §40:964(C)(19), (27)
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. §40-961(25)
  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. §40-966(E)

Miscellaneous

Violation in a Drug Free Zone

Possession, distribution, or cultivation of marijuana within 2,000 feet of a drug free zone is punishable by 1.5 times the maximum sentence allowed for the underlying offense. A drug free zone includes: Elementary schools, high schools, colleges or universities, playgrounds, drug treatment facilities, religious buildings, public housing, and child care centers.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:981.3
Drug Traffic Loitering

Staying in a public place with the purpose to distribute marijuana is a crime punishable by a fine of $100-$1,000, and/or up to 6 months imprisonment, and/or up to 120 hours of community service.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 40:981.4
Driver's license privileges

Whenever any person who has attained the age of 19 is convicted of any crime, offense, violation, or infraction involving the possession, use, or abuse of one or more controlled dangerous substances, the court... shall issue an order of denial of driving privileges for not less than 30 days but not more than 1 year.

See:

  • Louisiana Rev. Stat. § 430(2)

Glad I don’t live there!

As one who just finished her Fed Parole, I can not believe how fast things are changing here. Here’s the deal, Robert, 'wood - the weed world is exploding in Colo. No known effects other than 1) they are spending their so-called Criminal Justice money prosecuting real criminals and 2) tax revenues are shooting skyward. Two, three years from now, when the crime rate is down, less spending on prisons, and all the children are not turning gay from smoking weed, prohibition will fall from it’s own bloated dead weight. Look at gambling. When I was a child, all gambling was evil., and illegal. Now you can gamble in Casinos in every state. Look at marriage equality Yeah!, ('cuz I’m two of the four LBGT!). Weed will follow. No one, and I have studied the political and legal and historical history underlying here, no one is more dumbfounded, and over joyed, than I.
BTW - don’t drive through, or go to, Lousyanna. You want to visit New Mexico or Cali.

Peace from the other side of the 'pond’
Stay safe, Stay happy, try to stay Loved

Jodie the ‘Granny Tranny’

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Nice post. Jodie

Damn I’m glad I moved to holland!

in short your saying dig avery DEEEP and very DARK hole and be buried alive. . glad i live in Alaska , these days at least :wink: