Laws do not often change, but they are always subject to changes if people and their legislators decide the time for them has come. Several states are reducing punishments for certain drug charges, making drug-related felonies less likely if people are ticketed or arrested for possession and other offenses.
Washington state has recently relaxed its laws on marijuana as a controlled substance, but the drug is still regulated. A person could face felony charges under certain circumstances due to possession or consumption of marijuana.
Legal representation is usually a good step to take when charged with a felony of any kind. Attorneys can work with prosecutors, judges and other figures in the legal system to get charges dropped or decreased.
What types of possession may result in a felony?
Anyone who is charged with possessing marijuana with the intent to sell or otherwise distribute it may face felony charges, with a possible penalty of five years in prison or a $10,000 fine. If a person is charged with possession for personal consumption, felony charges may only be applied if the person had more than 40 grams of marijuana.
Is growing marijuana a felony?
Yes, a person faces felony charges for cultivating any amount of marijuana or maintaining the place it is being cultivated. The penalty may be doubled if it is grown near a school, public park or other drug-free zone.
What about marijuana products like vape juice?
Felony charges are possible for a person who is possessing more than 40 grams of these products, just like the plant matter. Intent to distribute any amount may also bring felony charges.
Source: NORML, "Washington Laws & Penalties," accessed May 23, 2018