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Although medical marijuana is legal in twenty-four states, recreational marijuana is legal in four states and the state of Mississippi has decriminalized some aspects of marijuana possession, but you could still end up behind bars for possession of marijuana, in some instances.
In Mississippi, if you are found with 30 grams or less of marijuana in your possession, and it is your first offense, you face nothing more serious than a fine of $250. In order to only receive the fine, you must show a valid ID, and sign a pledge to appear in court. Follow the rules, and you will not be arrested.
Beyond this laid back approach to a first offense of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, the penalties become much more serious, including:
- For a second offense possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, you will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 days in jail—with a maximum possible of up to 60 days. Your fine will remain the same--$250.
- For a third offense possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, the fine increases to $500, and the jail time is the same as for a second offense—a mandatory minimum of five days, up to a maximum sentence of 60 days behind bars.
- For larger amounts of marijuana possession, the jail time and fines increase sharply. For possession of 30-250 grams of marijuana, you will face felony charges, up to three years in prison, and fines as high as $3,000.
- For possession of 250-500 grams of marijuana, you will face felony charges, a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison, with a maximum possible of 8 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.
- For possession of 500-5k grams, you could face felony charges with a mandatory minimum of six years in prison, to a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.