I have been writing in my blogs and on my web page recently about the Local Police departments apparent resistance or push back against the Legislature’s efforts to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of Marijuana in 2011 and the lowering of the penalty of the possession of small quantities of cocaine and heroine from a felony to a misdemeanor in 2015. As I have explained the Police has seemingly pushed back against these legislative initiatives by up-charging or adding charges under questionable circumstances such as the crime of operation of a drug factory or possession with intent to sell. In these cases the Police really tie your hands because they take what would have been a mere non criminal violation punishable by only a fine or a misdemeanor level possession offense and they turn it into a serious felony charge for which you can be facing up to 7 years in jail for marijuana and 15 years in jail for narcotics.
In many of these trumped up possession with intent to sell charges the allegations are simply totally without any basis in fact. The bottom line is the drug dependent individuals who regularly consume drugs for their own personal use may carry a small scale to weigh the drugs they purchase to make sure that they are getting the correct amount they purchased. Similarly, regular users normally buy their stash in larger quantities to last them a few days and them break it down into individual packages for daily use. Regrettably, the local Police are going to take advantage of any of these situations to add the charge of possession with intent to sell when ever they can.
Man Charged with Possession with Intent to Sell for mere Possession of Non-Criminal Quantity of Marijuana