Drug Crimes: Marijuana Possession

Drug Crimes: Marijuana Possession

Marijuana Possession - Drug Crimes - Attorneys


Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. The principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and is deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no legitimate medical uses. As such, it prohibits the possession, usage, purchase, sale, and/or cultivation of marijuana.

Marijuana Possession

More than One Ounce, Less than 16 Ounces
(in a Restricted Area)

Utah Code §58-37-8(2)(a)(i) and §58-37-8(4)


3rd degree felony.


A defendant commits a 3rd degree felony possession of marijuana in a restricted area, when they knowingly and intentionally possess or use a controlled substance analog or a controlled substance in a restricted area and the amount of marijuana is more than 1 ounce but less than 16 ounces, unless it was obtained under a valid prescription or order directly from a practitioner while acting in the course of the person's professional practice.


3rd degree felony: A fine not to exceed $5,000, plus a 90% surcharge.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-301(a)(b), Utah Code Ann. §51-9-401)


The court may order the accused to pay restitution if convicted of this crime.
(Utah Code Ann. §77-38a-301)


3rd degree felony: A term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-203(3))

DNA Specimen Analysis

A defendant convicted of a 3rd degree felony marijuana possession must provide a DNA specimen.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-10-403(2))

Driver License

Utah's Driver License Division will immediately suspend for 6 months the license of a person upon receiving a record of a conviction for possession of marijuana.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-3-220(c))

Seizure, Forfeiture, Property Rights

Possession of marijuana subjects the defendant seizure and forfeiture in accordance with the procedures and substantive protections of Utah Uniform Forfeiture Procedures Act. This means that defendant's car, land, house, belongings, and money can be seized by the State of Utah.
(Utah Code Ann. §58-37-13)

Other Criminal Charges

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