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Georgia Marijuana Laws: Miscellaneous Charges

There are various related charges which are often attached to a Georgia marijuana charge.  Please call Atlanta Drug Lawyer Doug Chanco at 1-855-9-ATL-DUI for more details.

Many of these charges are felonies and are tacked on to the original charge and can add many years to a jail sentence.  For example, if someone distributes marijuana with the help of a minor, that person could face a total of 6-30 years in jail (1-10 years for distribution and 5-20 years because it was a minor).  When facing a sentence will this many years in jail, it is important find an attorney who knows the law and knows how to protect your rights.

Attorney Doug Chanco is a former Fulton County Prosecutor who has worked on many drug cases from both sides of the law.  He uses this experience along with his extensive training in forensic science, for the benefit of his clients. Call 1-855-9-ATL-DUI for a free consultation.

Penalties for Miscellaneous Marijuana Offenses:

Hash and Related Concentrates

Offense Penalty Grade Jail
First Offense: Possession (of any amount over 1 oz.) felony 1 – 15 years
Second Offense: Possession (of any amount) felony 5 – 30 years
First Offense:  Manufacturing, distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute felony 5 – 30 years
Second Offense: Manufacturing, distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute felony 10 – 40 years
Manufacturing, distributing , or possessing with intent to deliver within 1,000 ft. of a school, housing project, public park, or commercial drug-free zone felony 10 – 40 years


Offense Penalty Grade Jail Fines
Possession of paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
First Offense: Possession with the intent to deliver paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Second Offense: Possession with the intent to deliver paraphernalia misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature 1 year $ 5,000
Third Offense: Possession with the intent to deliver paraphernalia felony 1-5 years $ 5,000
Abandoning marijuana in a public place misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Involving a minor felony 5 – 20 years $ 20,000
Distribution of marijuana flavored product misdemeanor N/A $ 500
Use of any communications facility including a computer, a telephone, or mail, in the commission or facilitation of a drug offense that is considered a felony felony 1 – 4 years $ 30,000


Forfeiture- Vehicles and other property used in the commission of a marijuana related offense, may be seized by law enforcement. They then have 60 days to initiate a forfeiture proceeding. If the property value is less than $25,000, then a person with an interest in the property has 30 days to make a claim to it, to which the district attorney has 30 days to respond.
Driving License Suspension- Convictions for marijuana possession (including simple possession), sale, or cultivation results in a license suspension. The details are listed below:

Offense Suspension Restoration Restoration Fee
1st within 5 years 180 days Conditional after 180 days $210
2nd within 5 years 3 years Conditional after 1 year $310
3rd within 5 years 5 years Conditional after 2 years $410
Atlanta DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Lawyer Douglas B. Chanco is an experienced and dedicated trial lawyer offering personalized legal services in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta as well as Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb Counties. A former Fulton County Prosecutor, Attorney Chanco possess exceptional trial skills and is ready to fight your DUI and criminal case. Learn More About Atlanta DUI Lawyers, Laws and Penalties
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