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Can I get busted for trafficking pot in Nevada if I had no intent to sell any?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Oct 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

Possessing marijuana for personal use in Nevada will be charged with "trafficking" if the amount of marijuana is 100 pounds or more. It does not matter if the defendant never transported it, cultivated it, sold it, nor intended to sell it. Merely keeping at least 100 pounds of marijuana automatically invites prosecution for trafficking in Nevada.

The penalties for trafficking marijuana in Nevada turn on the amount of pot in question. Possessing 100 to less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana is charged as category C felony trafficking in Nevada. The penalties include:

  • 1 - 5 years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • $25,000 in fines

Meanwhile, possessing 2,000 to less than 10,000 pounds of marijuana is charged as category B felony trafficking in Nevada. The penalties include:

  • 2 - 10 years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • $50,000 in fines

Finally, possessing 10,000 pounds or more of marijuana is charged as category A felony trafficking in Nevada. The penalties include:

  • 15 years - life in Nevada State Prison with parole eligibility after 5 years, and
  • $200,000 in fines

Depending on the case, it may be possible to get a marijuana trafficking charge reduced to a lesser charge or dismissed altogether. Learn more about the Nevada crime of trafficking marijuana.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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