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When the FBI or DEA investigate and prosecute federal marijuana offenses, they always involve large quantities of drugs and, typically, interstate or international transportation. For example, the average amount of marijuana for each case in 2013 was about 200 pounds of marijuana. Additionally, federal conspiracy laws allow prosecution of all persons involved including drivers.
About 25% of all marijuana trafficking cases in federal court involved defendants who played a minor role, and they received reduced sentences due to their minimal participation in the conspiracies.
Understanding the laws and penalties surrounding marijuana trafficking can be challenging, and if you are facing criminal charges, it is recommended that you work with a Michigan marijuana trafficking attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases.
The Law Offices of Barton Morris are conveniently located in Royal Oak, and our dedicated team of criminal defense lawyers is prepared to put our more than 20 years’ experience to work for you.
What Is the Safety Valve Exception?
The trend over the past five years for federal prosecutions involving marijuana in Michigan has been sentencing beneath the applicable sentencing guidelines. In 2013, 23% of all federal drug prosecutions were related to marijuana trafficking. That percentage has been steadily decreasing since 2009, likely due to the increase of state medical marijuana laws.
However, it’s important to remember that there are still mandatory minimum sentences in place. For example, a conviction involving 100 kilograms of marijuana or 100 marijuana plants, regardless of the weight, carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison. Meanwhile, 1000 kilograms or 1000 plants carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.
The average sentence for federal marijuana trafficking cases is a little more than three years in jail.