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Selling marijuana near a school zone is a felony offense

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Marijuana has multiple uses. Since 2023, its use for both medical and recreational purposes has been common and legal in Maryland. Even so, there are strict rules about its use. For example, public places and federal land are off-limits. Selling it without proper permission is also illegal.

If you are found with marijuana and it appears that you intended to sell it, you could face a felony charge.

What Maryland law says about marijuana and school zones

Maryland takes a firm stance on marijuana laws, particularly concerning school zones. As per the state law, it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess marijuana with the intent to distribute in two specific situations:

  1. Inside a vehicle that a school uses or
  2. Within 1,000 feet of any property that a primary or secondary school uses.

These laws apply at all times, not just during school hours or activities on the property. Whether it’s a weekend, a holiday, or summer vacation or even if non-school activities are taking place on the school property, these laws still apply.

Consider an example where police find someone in a parked car with marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school during summer vacation. Even though school is not in session, and the vehicle is not moving, they could still face serious consequences according to Maryland law. 

Approach legal help in complicated situations

Violating this law is a serious crime. The charge is drug distribution—a felony offense that is one of the most serious categories of crime. The punishment for a first-time offender can be up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both. However, the penalties don’t stop there. If you repeatedly violate this law, the charges pile up, and the punishments can get even harsher. That’s why it’s crucial to follow these rules and understand the consequences if you don’t.

If you face a drug distribution charge, seeking a legal professional can be beneficial. They can help protect your rights throughout any legal process.